An Alexandria Circuit Court judge has given the city possession of a battered 1814 tax ledger that is believed to have been stolen when the city was occupied by Union forces during the Civil War.
An Alexandria auctioneer, Samuel Yudkin, tried to sell the book a year ago, but it was confiscated by Alexandria police. Yudkin has said he had obtained the book from an Oklahome man who asked him to sell it for him.
Yudkin placed an ad to sell the antique ledger in newspapers and the Alexandria city officials responded. They said the books was public property.
Judge Wiley R. Wright said in his decision Wednesday that the city successfully proved that the book was a public record and that the city was therfore entitled to its possession, according to Assistant City Attorney Burton Hanbury Jr.
Judge Wright alo ruled that Yudkin was not entitled to any compensation from the city for being unable to sell the book, Hanbury said. Yudkin had hoped to sell the ledger on Oct. 10, 1976 for about $200.
The ledger has 370 pages of handwritten receipts of revenues collected from Alexandria citizens.
The eight-inch-by-six-inch book has one set of entries dated from Feb. 12, 1814 to June 1, 1853. The entries then skip to March 5, 1862 and continue to Sept. 1, 1862.