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Modern cases in law and equity. In two parts. Containing I. Reports of special cases argued and adjudged in the Court of King’s Bench, in the VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII years of King George I. [1721-1726] II. Cases argued and decreed in the High Court of Chancery, in the VII, IX, X and XI years of King George I. [1722-1724] To which are added, some special cases on appeals by Great Britain (Court of King's Bench)

The history of the rebellion and civil wars in England, begun in the year 1641. With the precedent passages, and actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy end, and conslusion thereof by the king's blessed restoration, and return upon the 29th of May, in the year 1660 by Earl Edward Hyde of Clarendon

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

The Oceana and other works of James Harrington esq; collected, methodiz’d, and review’d, with an exact account of his life prefix’d, by John Toland. To which is added, an appendix, containing all the political tracts wrote by this author, omitted in Mr. Toland’s edition by James Harrington

La Graunde Abridgement collect & escrie per le Iudge tresreuerend Syr Robert Brooke, Chiualier ; in aedibus Richardi Tottellj, Vicesima nono di Septemb. 1586 : Cum Priuilegio by Sir Robert Brooke

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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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