From the Richmond Whig, 4/7/1865
THE RECORDS OF THE CIRCUIT COURT. - During the
conflagration of Monday, when it was found that the State Court House (which is
situated very near our office) was doomed to become another of the numerous
sacrifices to the devouring element, the Hon. John A. Meredith, Judge of this
circuit, went to work, and, with the assistance of others, removed all the
papers which were necessary to pending suits and most of the order books but he
wills and deed books were all lost. As many wills and deed, from remote parts of
the State, had been recently recorded here, now that all traces of the records
have been destroyed, much loss and inconvenience will be felt by individuals.
Unfortunately, the records of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Circuit Court
of Henrico county, whose offices were in the same building, were all burned.
Nothing was saved from the accumulated mass of important records. These papers
were of great historical importance.