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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

A new book of declarations, pleadings, verdicts, judgments, and judicial writs; with the entries thereupon. Many of the same being upon new cases and statutes in the late reign. With various other useful and necessary entries. Comp. by Mr. Henry Clift ... and now digested and pub. for the common benefit of the professors of the law, by Sir Charles Ingleby, knight ... With a perfect table to the whole by Henry Clift

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

The report of several cases argued and adjudged in the Court of King's bench at Westminister; from the first year of King James the Second, to the tenth year of King William the Third. [1685-1698]. Collected by Roger Comberbach. Published by his son, Roger Comberbach by Roger Comberbach

The works of Sir William Temple, Bart. In two volumes ... To which is prefixed, The life and character of Sir William Temple. Written by a particular friend by Sir William Temple

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

Officium vicecomitum. The office and authority of sheriffs: gathered out of the statutes, and books of the common laws of this kingdom. By Michael Dalton ... To which is added an Appendix or supplement, containing a collection of the statutes touching sheriffs made since Mr. Dalton’s writing, which are in force and use at this day; also several special returns of writs, and the expositions, judgments, and resolutions of the reverend and learned judges, in the several courts at Westminster; ... by Michael Dalton

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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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