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Cases collect & report per Sir Francis Moore chevalier. Imprime & publie per l’original jadis remainant en les maines de Sir Gefrey Palmer by Sir Francis Moore

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

Reports of cases adjudged in the Court of King's Bench: with some special cases in the courts of Chancery, Common Pleas, and Exchequer, alphabetically digested under proper heads; from the first year of K. William and Q. Mary, to the tenth year of Queen Anne [1689-1712]. By William Salkeld. With two tables; the one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters therein contained by William Salkeld

Discourses concerning government by Algernon Sidney, esq: to which are added, Memoirs of his life, and apology for himself, both now first published, and the latter from his original manuscript by Algernon Sidney

A compleat body of conveyancing in theory and practice collected by Edward Wood ; The whole digested in a method entirely new ... by John Salthouse by Edward Wood

Letters and memorials of state in the reigns of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, King James, King Charles the First, part of the reign of King Charles the Second, and Oliver's usurpation Written and collected by Sir Henry Sydney, the famous Sir Philip Sydney, and his brother, Sir Robert Sydney, Robert, the second earl of Leicester, Philip, lord viscount Lisle, and of his brother, Colonel Algernon Sydney. Together with letters of the other ministers of state, with whom they held a correspondence ... by Arthur Collins

The fourth part of the institutes of the laws of England : concerning the jurisdiction of courts by Sir Edward Coke

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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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