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The second part of the Institutes of the laws of England. Containing the exposition of many ancient, and other statutes; whereof you may see the particulars in a table following by Sir Edward Coke

The reports of the late reverend and learned judge, Thomas Owen esq.; one of the justices of the common pleas... by Thomas Owen

Historical collections of private passages of state, weighty matters in law, remarkable proceedings in five parliaments : beginning the sixteenth year of King James. anno 1618, and ending the fifth year of King Charls [sic], anno 1629 digested in order of time, and now published by John Rushworth

Historical collections: or, An exact account of the proceedings of the four last parliaments of Q. Elizabeth of famous memory. Wherein is contained the compleat journals both of the Lords & Commons, taken from the original records of their houses. As also the more particular behaviours of the worthy members during all the last notable sessions together with the most considerable passages of the history of those times. Faithfully and laboriously collected by Hayward Townshend

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

Precedents in Chancery: being a collection of cases argued and adjudged in the High court of chancery; from the year 1689 to 1722 by Thomas Finch

A New pandect of Roman civil law, as anciently established in that new empire; and now received and practised in most European nations: with many useful observations thereon; shewing, wherein that law differs from the municipal laws of Great Britain, from the canon law in general, and from that part of it now in use here with us in England. Whereunto is prefix’d, by way of introduction, a preliminary discourse, touching the rise and progress of the civil law, from the most early times of the Roman empire by John Ayliffe

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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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