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Reports of divers resolutions in law, arising upon cases in the Court of Wards, and other courts at Westminster, in the reigns of the late kings, King James and King Charles. [1608-1629]. Collected by the Right Honorable, Sir James Ley, knight and baronet, earl of Marlborough ... and now published for the common good, according to His Lordships manuscript. With two exact tables, the one of the cases, and the other of the principal matters therein contained by Sir James Ley

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)

The works of John Locke... To which is added, the life of the of the author and a collection of several of his pieces published by Mr. Desmaizeaux by John Locke

The constitution of parliaments in England, deduced from the time of King Edward the Second by Sir John Pettus

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

Historia delle guerre civili de Francia di Henrico Caterino Davila, nella quale si contengono le operationi di quattro rè, Francesco II., Carlo IX., Henrico III., & Henrico IV. ... con l’indice più copioso delle cose notabili, aggiunteui in questa editione, oltre alle memorie della vita dell’ autore, e della sua casa, le annotationi di Giovanni Baldvino nel margine, e alcune offerationi critiche d’un anonimo nel fine by Arrigo Caterino Davila

The accomplish'd practiser in the High court of Chancery, shewing the whole method of proceedings, according to the present practice, from the bill to the appeal inclusive: containing the original, power and jurisdiction of the Chancery, both as a Court of Law and Equity, the office of the Lord Chancellor, Master of the Rolls, and the rest of the Officers by Joseph Harrison

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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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