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1704- , Delaware Colony/State, Jrnls. of the Gen. Assembly/House
Journal of the General Assembly/House of Assembly, of Delaware, 1704-, Philadelphia/Wilmington, var. official printers, 1704-. (The name “Delaware”
was first given to the river of that name and its bay on the Atlantic. It was derived from the honorific of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Ware, an
English nobleman and Virginia’s first colonial governor. The territory that is now the State of Delaware was for many years merely a group of European
settlements located to the west of the lower Delaware River and its bay. For most of its settled period prior to the American Revolution this area was
ruled from elsewhere. From 1631 the area hosted a colony of the Dutch West India Company, which ran a small settlement called Swanendael until 1633, when
the settlers were wiped out by Indians. In 1638 a Swedish colony, New Sweden, was established at Fort Christina, the site of modern Wilmington.
Swedish rule lasted until 1655, when Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch governor of New Amsterdam {now Manhattan} defeated the Swedes, but allowed them to remain
in residence under Dutch rule. When, in 1664, the British defeated the Dutch in the New World, Charles II granted proprietary rights over all former
Dutch territories to his brother, the Duke of York. Under the Duke of York period, 1664-1682, the South River Area {the Dutch name for Delaware} was
renamed the Colony of New-Castle. In 1681 Charles II gave a charter for Pennsylvania to William Penn. A year later Penn succeeded in having the area on
the West Bank of the Delaware estuary {then called the “Lower Counties on the Delaware”; i.e. New-Castle, Kent & Sussex} added to his grant. This gave
Pennsylvania Colony a much coveted direct access to the sea. Between 1682-1704 the Lower Counties were ruled from Philadelphia. However, in 1701 Penn
granted the Lower Counties the right to an independent General Assembly; although they continued to share a governor with Pennsylvania for the rest
of the colonial period. The first General Assembly was held at New-Castle in 1704, and the Lower Counties exercised this limited self-government from
then until the American Revolution. Since there were no printers in the Lower Counties at the time, the journals of its first assemblies were printed
in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin, the jurisdiction’s official printer from 1729 to 1760. In the latter year, James Adams, a printer, set up shop in
Wilmington and became official printer. In 1776 the Lower Counties comprised one of the original thirteen colonies declaring independence from
England. At this point the unique colony, by resolution of the Continental Congress, was officially fully severed from Pennsylvania and named “Delaware”.
The first state constitution was adopted in 1776, with one of its provisions being the establishment of a legislature with two chambers, the House of
Assembly and The Council; later the Senate. In 1777 the capital was moved from New-Castle to Dover, in Kent County because of that settlement’s more
central location, and also because it was felt to be safer from British raiders plying the Delaware River.) Of note, beginning in 1794 the reports of
finances were included in the House journals. (Documents included in the Early State Records Collection were digitized from a microfilm copy of title
originally held by the Library of Congress, Delaware State Library, and the Public Archives Commissions in Dover, Delaware).
Title:   Journal of the House : reformatted from the original and including, Votes and proceedings of the House of Assembly of the Delaware State ...
OCLC Number:   933302293
Available Volumes
NameFiche CountOnlinePaper Backup
1739 Apr. 5-Oct. 24 (MS)YesNo
1740 Aug. 6-1741 Mar. 13 (MS)YesNo
1782 Oct. 21- Nov. 1, Reg. sess.YesNo
1783 Jan. 6-Feb. 8, Adj. sess.YesNo
1783 May 26-31, Adj. sess.YesNo
1791 Oct. 20-26, Reg. sess.YesNo
1804 Nov. 12-13, Call sess.YesNo
1805 Jan. 1-25YesNo
1806 Jan. 7-Feb. 3YesNo
1807 Jan. 6-Feb 6, reg. sess.YesNo
1807 Aug. 4-13, Call sess.YesNo
1808 Jan. 5-Feb. 5, Reg. sess.YesNo
1808 Nov. 14-16 Call sess.YesNo
1809 Jan. 3-Feb. 1, Reg. sess.YesNo
1810 Jan. 2-Feb. 2, Reg. sess.YesNo
1811 Jan. 1-Feb. 4, Reg. sess.YesNo
1812 Jan. 7-Feb. 12, Reg. sess.YesNo
1812 May 19-25, Call sess.YesNo
1812 Nov. 9-10, Sp. sess.YesNo
1813 Jan. 5-Feb. 3, Reg. sess.YesNo
1813 Apr. 6-15, Call sess.YesNo
1813 May 25-28, Adj. sess.YesNo
1813 Aug. 24-25 Adj. sess.YesNo
1814 Jan. 4-Feb. 16, Reg. sess.YesNo
1815 Jan. 3-Feb. 10, Reg. sess.YesNo
1816 Jan. 2-Feb. 16, Reg. sess.YesNo
1816 Nov. 11-12, Sp. sess.YesNo
1817 Jan. 7-Feb. 7, Reg. sess.YesNo
1818 Jan. 6-Feb. 6, Reg. sess.YesNo
1819 Jan. 5-Feb. 10, Reg. sess.YesNo
1820 Jan. 4-Feb. 11, Reg. sess.YesNo
1820 Nov. 13-14, Sp. Sess.YesNo
1821 Jan. 2-Feb. 5, Reg. sess.YesNo
1822 Jan. 1-Feb. 8, Reg. sess.YesNo
1823 Jan. 7-Feb. 7, Reg. sess.YesNo
1824 Jan. 6-Feb. 2, Reg. sess.YesNo
1824 Nov. 8-9, Sp. Sess.YesNo
1825 Jan. 4-Feb. 11, Reg. sess.YesNo
1826 Jan. 3-Feb. 10, Reg. sess.YesNo
1827 Jan. 2-Feb. 9, Reg. sess.YesNo
1828 Nov. 10-11, Sp. sess.YesNo
1829 Jan. 6-Feb. 14, Reg. sess.YesNo
1830 Jan. 5-29, Reg. sess.YesNo
1831 Jan. 4-28, Reg. sess.YesNo
1832 Jan. 3-Feb. 10, Reg. sess.YesNo
1833 Jan. 1-Feb. 8, Reg. sess.YesNo
1835 Jan. 6-Feb. 13, Biennial sess.YesNo
1835 July 21-25, Sp. sess.YesNo
1836 June 14-20, Sp. sess.YesNo
1837 Jan. 3-Feb. 22YesNo
1839 Jan. 1-Feb. 22YesNo
1841 Jan. 5-Feb. 22YesNo
1843 Jan. 3-Feb. 28YesNo
1845 Jan. 7-Feb. 25YesNo
1847 Jan. 5-Feb. 26YesNo
1849 Jan. 2-Feb. 28YesNo
1851 Jan. 7-Mar. 6YesNo
1852 Jan. 6-Feb. 27YesNo
1853 Jan. 4-Mar. 4YesNo
1855 Jan. 2-Mar. 2YesNo
1855, IndexYesNo
1857 Jan. 6-Mar. 5YesNo
1857, IndexYesNo
1859 Jan. 4-Feb. 25YesNo
1859, IndexYesNo
1861 Jan. 1-Mar. 8YesNo
1861 Nov. 25-27, Sp. sess.YesNo
1861, AppendixYesNo
1861, IndexYesNo
1862 Jan. 14-Feb. 27, Adj. Sp. sess.YesNo
Index, 1862 Nov.-1862 Feb.YesNo
1863 Jan. 6-Mar. 25YesNo
1863 June 9-10, Adj. sess.YesNo
Index, 1863YesNo
1864 Jan. 12-Feb. 12, Adj. sess.YesNo
1864 July 28-Aug. 12, Sp. sess.YesNo
1864 Oct. 18-Nov. 2, Adj. & Sp. sess.YesNo
Index, 1863 June-1864 Nov.YesNo
1865 Jan. 3-Mar. 23YesNo
Index, 1865YesNo
1867 Jan. 1-Mar. 22YesNo
Index, 1867YesNo
Index, 1869YesNo
1871 Jan. 3-Mar. 30YesNo
Index, 1871YesNo
1873 Jan. 7-Apr. 12YesNo
Index, 1873YesNo
1875 JanYesNo
1878 JanYesNo
1881 JanYesNo
1883 JanYesNo
1885 JanYesNo
1887 JanYesNo
1889 JanYesNo
1891 JanYesNo
1893 JanYesNo
1895 JanYesNo
1897 JanYesNo
1904 Dec Sp SessYesNo
1905 JanYesNo
1906 May Sp SessYesNo
1907 JanYesNo
1909 JanYesNo
1911 JanYesNo
1913 JanYesNo
1915 JanYesNo
1917 JanYesNo
1918 Mar Sp SessYesNo
1919 JanYesNo
1920 Mar Sp SessYesNo
1921 JanYesNo
1923 JanYesNo
1925 JanYesNo
1927 JanYesNo
1929 JanYesNo
1931 JanYesNo
1932 Nov Sp SessYesNo
1933 JanYesNo
1933 Oct Sp SessYesNo
1934 Oct Sp SessYesNo
1935 JanYesNo
1936 Dec Sp SessYesNo
1937 JanYesNo
1937 May Sp SessYesNo
1939 JanYesNo
1941 JanYesNo
1943 JanYesNo
1944 Mar Sp SessYesNo
1945 JanYesNo
1947 JanYesNo
1949 JanYesNo
1949 Sept Sp SessYesNo
1949 Nov 2d Sp SessYesNo
1949 Consolidated Indexes for Senate & House Sp SeYesNo
1951 JanYesNo
1951 Dec Sp SessYesNo
1953 JanYesNo
1955 JanYesNo
1957 JanYesNo
1959 JanYesNo
1961 JanYesNo
1965 JanYesNo
1967 JanYesNo
1969 JanYesNo
1971 JanYesNo
1973 JanYesNo
1975 JanYesNo
1977 Jan Sp Sessions - 1978 Jan & Sp Sessions (AllYesNo
1979 JanYesNo
1980 JanYesNo
1981 Jan & Sp Sess(s) - 1982 Jan & Sp SessYesNo
1983 Jan - Nov Sp Sess(s) - 1984 Jan - July Sp SesYesNo
1985 Jan - Aug Sp Sess(s) & 1986 Jan - July Sp SesYesNo