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1Author:  Pennsylvania. General AssemblyRequires cookie*
 Title:  Forms for the return of slaves, 1798, for tax purposes in Pennsylvania     
 Dates:  1798 
 Abstract:  These two volumes contain tax returns on the the number of slaves in York and Franklin Counties. They list 59 total slaves. The data includes the name of the owner, often the town of residence, and the number of slaves owned.

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 Call #:  Mss.326.F76 
 Extent:  2 volume(s) 
 Topics:  African American | Business and Skilled Trades | Early National Politics | Government Affairs | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Slavery -- Pennsylvania. 
2Author:  UnidentifiedRequires cookie*
 Title:  A list of all lands, lots, buildings, and wharves, 1798, in Fawn Township, York County, Pennsylvania     
 Dates:  1798 
 Abstract:  This slender volume contains data on property ownership in the early republic. The list contains the name, place, and amount of property owned by all landholders in Fawn Township, York County, Pennsylvania in 1798. The data also includes details on the modifications made to homes and the various types of buildings they have on their property.

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 Call #:  Mss.333.3.P38 
 Extent:  1 item(s) 
 Topics:  Government Affairs | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Real property -- Pennsylvania -- York County. 
3Author:  New Jersey. Legislature. General AssemblyRequires cookie*
 Title:  New Jersey. Legislature. General Assembly. Acts, 1727, 1746, 1747     
 Dates:  1727-1747 
 Abstract:  This collection consists of three oversized broadsides conveying laws passed by New Jersey.

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 Call #:  Mss.345.12.N46 
 Extent:  3 item(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Colony and State Specific History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Military history, Modern -- 18th century. | Statutes -- New Jersey. 
4Author:  Pennsylvania. General AssemblyRequires cookie*
 Title:  Pennsylvania. General Assembly. Laws, 1682-1719     
 Dates:  1682-1719 
 Abstract:  This volume contains a series of documents relating to the founding of the colony and its early political development. Included are the acts of Pennsylvania Assembly, 1685-1719, a copy of Charles II grant to William Penn, the Frame of Government for 1701, and an act of the Privy Council in 1705.

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 Call #:  Mss.345.12.P38 
 Extent:  2 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Law | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
5Author:  unknownRequires cookie*
 Title:  Documents, 1728-1816, relating to the province of Pennsylvania and to the American Revolution     
 Dates:  1728-1819 
 Abstract:  This volume contains documents that relate to the government of Pennsylvania. Although the volume is described in MOLE as pertaining to the American Revolution in Pennsylvania, the volume begins with a proclamation from 1728 and contains a range of proclamations from the Seven Years' War, before ending with a series of proclamations from the 1770s and 1780s. Although there are some lists and petitionsand orders in the volume, almost all of the documents are official government proclamations, often from the governor. The revolutionary era documents are a bit more diverse. In addition to official government documents, such as militia instructions, the volume contains manuscript copies of letters and essays intended for print, as well as private correspondence and messages from other colonies.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.D65 
 Extent:  1 volume,_50_p. 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
6Author:  Pennsylvania. General AssemblyRequires cookie*
 Title:  Records concerning the early settlements on the Delaware River, 1630-1682, 1774     
 Dates:  1630-1774 
 Abstract:  The volume contains records relating to the history of Dutch settlers in the territories that the English acquired. These are copies of documents that are held at the State Archives. Many were originally in Dutch but were translated to English in this volume. The documents contain records from as early as 1638 and continue through Edmund Andros' term as governor of New England and ends in 1700. The documents include many official government proclamations and legal documents relating to Dutch property and their rights within English colonies.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.P37 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Land and Speculation | Law | Pennsylvania History | Philadelphia History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
7Author:  Pennsylvania.Provincial Council.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Pennsylvania. Provincial Council. Minutes, 1693-1717     
 Dates:  1693-1717 
 Abstract:  These three volumes contain the minutes of the Pennsylvania Provincial Council from 1693 to 1717. The manuscripts are often difficult to read. They have been printed elsewhere in both the Pennsylvania Archives and Hazard's Register.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.P378 
 Extent:  3 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Delaware Indians | Haudenosaunee | Iroquois Indians | Wampum 
8Author:  George II, King of Great Britain, 1683-1760Requires cookie*
 Title:  Act of incorporation, 1742, for Lancaster, Pennsylvania, [n.d.]     
 Dates:  n.d. 
 Abstract:  Dated 1742, this document appears to be the draft or, possibly, a manuscript copy of a deed incorporating Lancaster as a town. The deed contains the signature of King George II.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.815.L223 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Government Affairs | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Incorporation -- Pennsylvania -- Lancaster. 
9Author:  George -- I, -- King of Great BritaRequires cookie*
 Title:  Charter, 1724, for Newcastle, Delaware     
 Dates:  1724 
 Abstract:  This small volume is a manuscript copy of the royal charter for New Castle, Delaware issued in 1724 that belonged to Sir William Keith, then the provincial governor of Pennsylvania.

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 Call #:  Mss.975.1.G79 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records 
10Author:  unknownRequires cookie*
 Title:  Pennsylvania. General Assembly. The Great Law, 1682     
 Dates:  1682 
 Abstract:  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.

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 Call #:  Mss.345.12.P38L 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Law | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Legal Records | Official Government Documents and Records 
11Author:  Marshall, John, 1755-1835Requires cookie*
 Title:  Opinions delivered in the circuit court of the United States     
 Dates:  1803-1831 
 Abstract:  This collection contains a series of federal circuit court decisions rendered by John Marshall. The cases heard span a wide range of areas and include such topics as international law, property, banking, bankruptcy, estates, laws of evidence, and trade. Among the cases he heard was Livingston v Jefferson, which involved property rights related to the United States' purchase of the Louisiana Territory. There are also a series of cases in 1819-1820 involving merchant ships that seem to be related to fallout from property disputes from the War of 1812. One case relates to the Bank of the United States.

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 Call #:  Mss.345.41.M35 
 Extent:  0.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Government Affairs | Law | War of 1812 
 Genre:  Legal Records | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Bank of the United States (1816-1836) | Judicial opinions | United States. Circuit Court (4th Circuit) 
12Author:  State Penitentiary for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaRequires cookie*
 Title:  State Penitentiary for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Records     
 Dates:  1819-1955 
 Abstract:  These two volumes record the admissions to Eastern State Penitentiary for the years 1839-1850 (excluding, apparently, 1844). The records contain a wealth of information about each prisoner admitted. The entries often contain a physical description of the inmate, a description of the crime(s) committed, and, occasionally, statements the prisoner made. Most entries contain a detailed biographical history of the prisoner that includes information on the background of the criminal, such as their family life, how they were raised, previous incarcerations, and the social habits of the prisoner, such as drinking in taverns or their religiosity.

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 Call #:  Mss.365.P381p 
 Extent:  0.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Government Affairs | Law | Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  Legal Records | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Prisoners -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Prisons -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Women prisoners -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia 
13Author:  Rogers, Robert, 1731-1795Requires cookie*
 Title:  Estimate of the Fur and Peltry Trade in the District of Michilimackinac     
 Dates:  1767 
 Abstract:  This rich document provides insight into a facet of post-Seven Years War British imperial thought and planning as officials tried to consolidate their holdings. Robert Roger's manuscript essay includes a detailed plan for how the British Empire should handle its expansion, estimates the fiscal needs of western posts, and proposes a form of government for these new areas that would maintain peace for Indians, British troops, and settlers.

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 Call #:  Mss.970.1.R63 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | International Trade. | Native America | Trade 
 Genre:  Manuscript Essays | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Anishinaabe | Fur trade -- Great Lakes | Ottawa Indians 
14Author:  Great Britain. Board of TradeRequires cookie*
 Title:  Papers on the West Indies, 1707-1709     
 Dates:  1707-1709 
 Abstract:  This Collection is a series of letters written during Queen Anne's War/The War of Spanish Succession between 1707 and 1709 involving military, political, and trade issues in the British Caribbean. Documents include a petition from merchants in Barbados to the Crown, orders from imperial ministers in Whitehall to governors, and reports from governors in the Caribbean. The documents often relate to events surrounding the war then engulfing Europe. One of the documents, for instance, is a finding of the Board of Trade that rejects a petition that would allow merchants to ship flour from North American colonies to Portugal, a member of the "Grand Alliance," finding that such trade would hurt the "Sugar Islands" too much.

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 Call #:  Mss.972.9.G81 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | International Affairs | Military History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records | Political Correspondence 
15Author:  Weedon, George,1734-1793.Requires cookie*
 Title:  George Weedon Orderly Book     
 Dates:  1777-1778 
 Abstract:  This volume contains a daily account of the Continental Army under General George Weedon during their stay at Valley Forge. The volume covers the period known as the "Valley Forge Winter." Frequent references to the "Commander in Chief" are made. Weedon also provides insight into the daily life of the encampment, reporting daily orders and events, including courts martial.

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 Call #:  Mss.973.3.W41 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Military History 
 Genre:  Military Records | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Courts-martial and courts of inquiry | Germantown, Battle of, 1777 | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1776-1783 | Whitemarsh, Battle of, 1777 
16Author:  Hughes, John. -1772Requires cookie*
 Title:  Letter to the Commisioners of the stamp office from the Pennsylvania Collector     
 Dates:  1765 
 Abstract:  This document is cross-listed with the Pennsylvania Non-Importation Collection (Mss.973.2.M31). The finding aid for that collection contains additional details on this item. In summary, part of the collection contains a series of letters that John Hughes, the appointed collector of the stamp tax in 1765, wrote detailing his experience.The letters provide an account of Philadelphia's reaction to the Stamp Act from the persepctive of Hughes.

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 Call #:  Mss.973.31.H87 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Philadelphia History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records | Political Correspondence 
17Author:  Various authorsRequires cookie*
 Title:  Deeds, 1703-1798, for land in Pennsylvania     
 Dates:  1703-1798 
 Abstract:  The Deed Collection is a miscellaneous assortment of land deeds and indentures from Pennsylvania.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.D363 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Land and Speculation | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Legal Records | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Deeds -- Pennsylvania. 
18Author:  Logan, James, 1674-1751Requires cookie*
 Title:  James Logan letters, 1736-1744     
 Dates:  1736-1744 
 Abstract:  This slender volume contains the letters of James Logan to the proprietors during his tenure as President of the Council, a period from 1746-1744. After Patrick Gordon died in 1736, Logan assumed the powers of the lieutenant governor as the President of the Council. The governorship was assumed in 1738 by George Thomas, but Logan continued as President of the Council. These letters touch upon a range of matters then concerning the government of Pennsylvania, including its border dispute with Maryland and tensions with Indian groups in western areas.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.L82 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records | Political Correspondence 
19Author:  Logan, James, 1674-1751Requires cookie*
 Title:  The claims of the proprietors of Maryland and Pensilvania stated, [ca. 1714-1715]     
 Dates:  Circa 1714-1715 
 Abstract:  James Logan was a leading official in the proprietary interests, and this collection contains his letters that touch on all matter relating to the interests of the colony and especially the proprietor. This specific volume has letters and other documents detailing the legal case as it related to the Maryland-Pennsylvania boundary dispute. Although many of the volumes in the Logan collection are transcriptions, this document appears to be an original.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.L82c 
 Extent:  2 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Government Affairs | Native America | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records | Political Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Boundary disputes. 
20Author:  Pennsylvania.Provincial Council.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Pennsylvania. Provincial Council. Records, 1748-1758, 1819     
 Dates:  1748-1819 
 Abstract:  This bound volume contains manuscript copies of official records held in the State Archives in Harrisburg. The documents range from 1749-1756 and touch on Native America, imperial, and military affairs. Most of the volume includes correspondence directed to or from the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania and the governor. The volume was printed.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.8.Sa7 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colonial Politics | Diplomatic History | Government Affairs | Military History | Native America | Pennsylvania History 
 Genre:  Official Government Documents and Records | Political Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Seven Years' War, 1756-1763. 
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