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Cases argued and decreed in the High Court of Chancery ... [1660-1697] by Great Britain (High Court of Chancery)

Journals of Congress, containing the proceedings from January 1st, 1778, to January 1st, 1779 ... vol. IV by United States Continental Congress

Cases of practice in the Court of King's bench at Westminster, from the reign of Queen Eliz. to the 14th of K. George III, a period of near 220 years. [1558-1775] Selected from, and examined by the books of reports; and methodically arranged under proper titles. Shewing the whole practice of that court antient and modern; and being a complete guide to all barristers as well as attornies. With a table, containing the names of the cases ... by a gentleman of the Middle Temple by Great Britain (Court of King's Bench)

Formulare anglicanum : or, A collection of ancient charters and instruments of divers kinds, taken from the originals, placed under several heads, and deduced (in a series according to the order of time) from the Norman conquest, to the end of the reign of King Henry the VIII by Thomas Madox

Modern cases in law and equity. In two parts. Containing I. Reports of special cases argued and adjudged in the Court of King’s Bench, in the VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII years of King George I. [1721-1726] II. Cases argued and decreed in the High Court of Chancery, in the VII, IX, X and XI years of King George I. [1722-1724] To which are added, some special cases on appeals by Great Britain (Court of King's Bench)

Les Reports des divers select matters & resolutions des reverend judges & sages del ley, [1513-1582] Touchant & concernant mults principal points occurrent estre debate per eux: En le several reignes de les treshault & excellent princes, le Roys Hen. 8 & Edw. 6. & le Roignes Mar. & Eliz. Collect & report per tres-reverend judge, Sr. Jaques Dyer, chivaler; jades Chief Justice del Common Bank en le temps du Roigne Elizabeth. A que est novelment addes mult mille de references al plusors livers del common ... by Sir James Dyer

The reports of Sr. Creswell Levinz, knt. ... in French and English. Containing cases heard and determin’d in the courts of King’s Bench ... as also of certain cases in other courts at Westminster ... [1660-1696] Tr. into English by Mr. Serjeant Salkeld, and others. by Sir Creswell Levinz

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About meThe Pennsylvania General Assembly was founded during the early colonial period. Today it is the legislative branch of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania's government.

About my libraryThe Pennsylvania General Assembly Collection was the 422-volume library of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Currently residing in the Rare Books Room of the State Library of Pennsylvania, the General Assembly Collection slipped out of history after its move from Philadelphia to Harrisburg in the early years of the 19th century. It was only in the 1960s that dedicated researchers from Independence National Historic Park and the State Library of Pennsylvania realized the historical value of this collection, and that all of the volumes were still together.

The first books in the collection, the 'Statutes at Large,' were purchased after the Assembly directed its clerk, Benjamin Franklin, in 1745 to buy some law books and maps for their use. Starting in 1752, the Assembly's Speaker, Isaac Norris II, worked to purchase further books for the collection. Norris and Franklin purchased the books from dealers in London.

In following years, the books were boxed up and moved several times to protect them from war, and to follow the Assembly. Both General Assembly and its library moved to Harrisburg in 1812.

The books in this virtually intact colonial-era library are the core of today's State Library of Pennsylvania. Much of the Assembly Collection was conserved during 2007-2008 at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia, PA) under a prestigious "Save America's Treasures" grant. "Save America's Treasures" is a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

GroupsLibraries of Early America


Real namePennsylvania General Assembly

LocationState Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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Member sinceDec 22, 2008

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