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1704-, Delaware Session Laws
Session laws of the State of Delaware: 1704–, var. state 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 1701Penn 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.)
Title:   Laws of the state of Delaware.
OCLC Number:   319422604
Available Volumes
NameFiche CountOnlinePaper Backup
1875 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1877 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1881 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1883 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1885 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1887 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1889 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1891 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1893 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1898 Jan Adj SessYesYes
1899 Jan Bien SessYesYes
1901 Jan Bien. Sess.YesYes
1909 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1911 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1918 Mar Spec. Sess.YesYes
1919 Jan 97th Sess.YesYes
1920 Mar Spec. Sess.YesYes
1925 Jan 100th Sess.YesNo
1927 Jan 101st Sess.YesNo
1929 Jan 102nd Sess.YesYes
1932 Nov Spec. Sess.YesNo
1933 Jan 104th Spec. Sess.YesNo
1939 Jan 107th Sess.YesNo
1941 Jan 108th Sess.YesYes
1943 Jan 109th Sess.YesYes
1947 Jan 114th Sess.YesYes
1949 Jan 115th Sess.YesNo
1957 Jan 119th Sess.YesYes
1959 Jan 120th Sess.YesNo
1963 Jan 122nd Sess.YesYes
1969 Jan 125th Gen. Ass. 1st Sess.YesYes
1969-70 Jan 125th Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes
1973 Jan 127th Gen. Ass. 1st Sess.YesYes
1973-74 Jan 127th Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes
1975 Jan 128th Gen. Ass. 1st Sess.YesYes
1975-76 Jan 128th Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes
1977 Jan 129th Gen. Ass. 1st Sess. (Inc. Spec.)YesYes
1977-78 Jan 129th Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes
1979-80 Jan 130th Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes
1981-82 Jan 131st Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes
1983-84 Jan 132nd Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes
1985-86 Jan 133rd Gen. Ass. 1st-2nd Sess.YesYes