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Les reports des cases en les ans des Roys Edward V., Richard III., Henrie VII., and Henrie VIII. Touts qui par cy devant ont este Publies... qui referrent les cases a l'abbregement de Brook by Sir Robert Brooke

Les reports del cases en ley, Que furent argues en le temps de tres Haut & Puissant Princes Les Roys, Henryle IV. & Henry le V. [Anno I Henry IV - Anno IX Henry V] by Sir Robert Brooke

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 cases argued and adjudged in the courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas, in the reigns of the late King William, Queen Anne, King George the First, and His Present Majesty. [1694-1732] Taken and collected by the Right Honourable Robert lord Raymond by Lord Robert Raymond

Reports of cases in law and equity: from 1670 to 1706. With tables of the names of the cases and the principal matters by Richard Freeman

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

Journals of Congress. Containing the proceedings from Sept. 5, 1774 to [3d day of November 1788] by United States Continental Congress

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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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