This seems appropriate. Tonight I am in a hotel room in New Jersey and the first email message I received is one telling about the return of records by the Jersey City Free Public Library.
150 years ago, a Union Army captain removed a book of court records from a county courthouse in Virginia during the Civil War. The book eventually ended up in the Jersey City Free Public Library. Now that library has returned the 220-year-old spoil of war to its rightful home.
The leather-bound book has a broken binder and the pages are yellowed, but it exhibits the flawless penmanship of John Fox, a Stafford County deputy court clerk who in 1791 was given the task of transcribing summarized court records covering 1749 to 1755.
You can read more in a story by Charles Hack of the The Jersey Journal at http://goo.gl/m0a46
My thanks to Dave Green for telling me about this story.
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