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Reports and cases [King's Bench and Common Pleas] taken in the time of Queen Elizabeth; King James, and King Charles [1559-1649] collected and reported by that learned lawyer William Noy ... Containing most excellent matter of exceptions to all manner of declarations, pleadings, and demurrers, that there is scarce one action in a probability of being brought, but here it is throughly examin’d and exactly layd. Now tr. into English. With two necessary tables of the cases and the contents, ... by William Noy

Modern reports; or, Select cases adjudged in the courts of King's bench, Chancery, Common pleas, and Exchequer, since the restoration of His Majesty King Charles II ... 1663-1699 by Great Britain (Courts)

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

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Les reports des cases en les ans des Roys Edward V., Richard III., Henrie VII., and Henrie VIII. Touts qui par cy devant ont este Publies... qui referrent les cases a l'abbregement de Brook by Sir Robert Brooke

Select cases argued and adjudged in the High Court of Chancery : before the late lords commissioners of the great seal and the late Lord Chancellor King : from the year 1724 to 1733, with two tables, one of the names of the cases, and the other of the principal matters by a gentleman of the Temple by Great Britain (High Court of Chancery)

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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