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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

Le livre des assises et pleas del' Corone, Moves & Dependants devant les justices Sibien en lour circuits come aylours, en temps du Roy Edward le Tiers, avec une Table Des principal’s matter’s des pleas del’ Corone. Or nouvel’ment imprime’, & corrige’ : avec une novelle Table des touts les principals Cases contenus in cest Livre, & les Titles sous queux Sir Robert Brook les Pleas de ceo ad abbrege’: colges, & proprement escrits en le margin de chacun Plea by Sir Robert Brooke

Les reports de Sir Gefrey Palmer, chevalier & baronet ... [1619- 1629] Imprime & publie per l'original. Ovesque deux tables, l’un des nosmes des cases, l’auter des principal matters conteinus en yceux by Sir Gefrey Palmer

The history of the High court of Parliament, its antiquity, preheminence and authority; and the history of court baron and court leet by Thornhagh Gurdon

The reports and entries of Sir Edward Lutwyche, kt. ... [1683-1704] The several cases therein are truly stated upon the respective pleadings and entries, in English. Also every citation in the report is carefully examin’d by the law-books to which they refer, and where they agree, and where they differ from the point in question made appear; and those ranged in that order as in many places to form an argument where there was none before; with large observations. Likewise many obsolete words and difficult by Sir Edward Lutwyche

The laws, ordinances, and institutions of the Admiralty of Great Britain, civil and military : comprehending, I. Such ancient naval laws and customs as are still in use. II. An abstract of the statutes in force relating to maritime affairs and commerce. III. The marine treaties at large. IV. A critical account of naval affairs and commerce, from the reign of Alfred the Great. V. The present state of the navy, and of the officers, offices, ships, etc. thereof, interspersed with dissertations, notes and ... by Great Britain (Admiralty)

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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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