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Mathematical elements of natural philosophy confirm'd by experiments : or, An introduction to Sir Isaac Newton's philosophy by Willem Jacob 's Gravesande

Cyclopaedia ; or, An universal dictionary of arts and sciences ... The whole intended as a course of antient and modern learning, extracted from the best authors, dictionaries, journals, memoirs, transactions, ephemerides &c. in several languages. by Ephraim Chambers

The reports of that reverend and learned judge, Sir Richard Hutton, knight; sometimes one of the judges of the Common Pleas: containing many choice cases, judgements, and resolutions in points of law, in the several reigns of King James and King Charles. [1612-1638] by Richard Hutton

Modern cases, argued and adjudged in the Court of Queen's bench at Westminister, in the second and third years of Queen Anne [1703-1704] in the time when Sir John Holt sate chief justice there. With two tables: the first, of the names of the cases: and the other, of the special matter therein contained by Great Britain (Court of Queen's Bench)

Les commentaries ou reports de Edmund Plowden un apprentice de le common ley, de divers cases esteant matters en ley.... by Edmund Plowden

Cases in equity during the time of the late Lord Chancellor Talbot [1730-1737] with tables of the names of cases and principal matters by Baron Charles Talbot

A report of cases argued, debated, and adjudged in B. R. in the time of the late Queen Anne. Especially in the IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII years of her reign [1702-1709]: during which the late Lord Chief Justice Holt presided in that court. With two alphabetical tables; the one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters by Sir John Holt

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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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