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Thesaurus lingvae latinae compendiarus: or, a compendious dictionary of the Latin tongue by Robert Ainsworth

The rights of war and peace : in three books : wherein are explained, the law of nature and nations, and the principle points relating to government written in Latin by the learned Hugo Grotius, and translated into English : to which are added, all the large notes of Mr. J. Barbeyrac. by Hugo Grotius

A complete collection of state-trials, and proceedings for high-treason, and other crimes and misdemeanours; from the reign of King Richard II. to the end of the reign of King George I. With two alphabetical tables to the whole by Thomas Salmon

The continuation of Mr. Rapin de Thoyras's History of England from the revolution to the accession of King George II by Nicolas Tindal

The chronology of antient kingdoms amended. To which is prefix'd, a short chronicle from the first memory of things in Europe, to the conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great by Sir Isaac Newton

The book of common prayer : and administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church : according to the use of the Church of England : together with the Psalter or Psalms of David : pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches: and the form or manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of bishops, priests, and deacons by Church of England

The reports of several cases argued and adjudged in the Court of King's Bench at Westminster; with some special cases in the courts of Chancery, Common Pleas and Exchequer. In the I, II, III, IV, and V years of His present Majesty King George II [1727-1732] With two tables; the one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters therein contained by John Fitz-Gibbons

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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

Homepagehttp://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us

Real namePennsylvania General Assembly

LocationState Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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Member sinceDec 22, 2008

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