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The naval history of England, in all its branches; from the Norman Conquest in the year 1066, to the conclusion of 1734. Collected from the most approved historians, English and foreign, authentick records and manuscripts, scarce tracts, original journals, &c. by Thomas Lediard

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)

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

Reports and cases of law: argued and adjudged in the courts at Westminister, in the times of the late Queen Elizabeth and King James. [1540-1615] In four parts. The 2d impression, carefully corrected, with the addition of many thousand of references, never before printed by William Leonard

Parergon juris canonicici anglicani: or, A commentary, by way of supplement to the canons and constitutions of the Church of England. Not only from the books of the canon and civil-law, but likewise from the statute and common-law of this realm. Whereunto is prefix'd, by way of introduction, first, a brief account of the canon-law in general ... Secondly, the reader has also here a particular of the books wherein this law was written by John Ayliffe

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

A report of cases in Chancery, the King's Bench, &c : In the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh and eighth years of His late Majesty, King George the Second [1730-1734] : during which time Lord King was lord high chancellor of Great Britain, and the Lord Raymond and Lord Hardwicke were lord chief justices of England : to which are now added about seventy additional cases by William Kelynge

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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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