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A new book of declarations, pleadings, verdicts, judgments, and judicial writs; with the entries thereupon. Many of the same being upon new cases and statutes in the late reign. With various other useful and necessary entries. Comp. by Mr. Henry Clift ... and now digested and pub. for the common benefit of the professors of the law, by Sir Charles Ingleby, knight ... With a perfect table to the whole by Henry Clift

Select cases in B.R. 22, 23, & 24. [1646-1648] Car. I. Regis, reported by John Aleyn ... with tables of the names of the cases and the matters therein contained: also of the names of the learned councel who argued the same. by Great Britain

The accomplish'd practiser in the High court of Chancery, shewing the whole method of proceedings, according to the present practice, from the bill to the appeal inclusive: containing the original, power and jurisdiction of the Chancery, both as a Court of Law and Equity, the office of the Lord Chancellor, Master of the Rolls, and the rest of the Officers by Joseph Harrison

Officium vicecomitum. The office and authority of sheriffs: gathered out of the statutes, and books of the common laws of this kingdom. By Michael Dalton ... To which is added an Appendix or supplement, containing a collection of the statutes touching sheriffs made since Mr. Dalton’s writing, which are in force and use at this day; also several special returns of writs, and the expositions, judgments, and resolutions of the reverend and learned judges, in the several courts at Westminster; ... by Michael Dalton

Reports of cases adjudged in the Court of King's Bench: with some special cases in the courts of Chancery, Common Pleas, and Exchequer, alphabetically digested under proper heads; from the first year of K. William and Q. Mary, to the tenth year of Queen Anne [1689-1712]. By William Salkeld. With two tables; the one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters therein contained by William Salkeld

Reports of divers special cases adjudged in the courts of King's bench, Common pleas, and Exchequer, in the reign of King Charles II. [1660-1682] Collected by Sir Thomas Raymond ... Printed from the original manuscript, written with his own hand. with many hundred additional references; and three tables. The first, of the names of the cases. The second, of alphabetical heads to which the cases relate. The third, of the principal matters by Sir Thomas Raymond

The works of the honourable Robert Boyle. In five volumes. To which is prefixed the life of the author by Robert Boyle

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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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