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Reports of cases argued and determined in the High Court of Chancery, and of some special cases adjudged in the Court of King's bench [1695-1735]: collected by William Peere Williams ... Published, with notes and references, and two tables to each volume; one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters: by his son William Peere Williams by William Peere Williams

The reports of Sir Henry Yelverton, knight and baronet ... of divers special cases in the Court of King's Bench, as well in the latter end of the reign of Q. Elizabeth, as in the first ten years of K. James. [1602-1613] With two tables; one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters. Publish’d originally in French by Sir William Wylde, knight and baronet ... Now carefully translated, with the addition of many thousand references by Sir Henry Yelverton

The journals of all the Parliaments during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, both of the House of Lords and House of Commons by Sir Simonds D'Ewes

Reports of sevral special cases argued and resolved in the Court of Common Pleas: in the XVI, XVII, XVIII, and XIXth years of King Charles II. in the time when Sir Orlando Bridgman sate chief justice there To which are added, some cases adjudged in the time of Chief Justice Vaughan, never before printed. [1664-1675] By S. C. of the Inner-Temple, esquire by Great Britain (Court of Common Pleas)

Reports of that reverend and learned judge, Sir Humphry Winch, knight; sometimes one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas. Containing many choice cases, and excellent matters touching declarations, pleadings, demurrers, judgements, and resolutions in points of law, in the foure last years of the raign of King James [1621-1625] faithfully translated out of an exact French copie, with two alphabetical, and necessary tables, the one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters contained by Sir Humphrey Winch

A collection of the Parliamentary debates in England : from the year M,DC,LXVIII to the present time by Great Britain (Parliament)

An institute of the laws of England: or, the laws of England in their natural order, according to common use. Published for the direction of young beginners, or students in the law; and of others that desire to have a general knowledge in our common and statute laws by Thomas Wood

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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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