Pennsylvania. General Assembly. The Great Law, 1682


Date: 1682 | Size: 1 volume(s)


The Great Law, or, The Body of laws of ye province of Pennsilvania territorys thereunto belonging past at an assembly at Chester als Upland the seaventh day of ye 10th month.

Collection Information

Physical description

28p. and end. Q. Manuscript.


"Extracted from the archives of the state, presented to the Historical committee by Redmond Conyngham, esq. 17. March 1819."

Early American History Note

This collection contains a copy of the Great Law signed between William Penn and colonists when he arrived in the colony in 1682. The original is in the State Archives of Pennsylvania. Influenced by Quaker principles, the Great Law listed the crimes and punishments that the new colony would enforce and aimed to regulate morality and behavior.

Indexing Terms


  • Legal Records
  • Official Government Documents and Records


  • Colonial Politics
  • Government Affairs
  • Law
  • Pennsylvania History