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March 12 1823

We learn from Vandalia, the seat of government of the State of Illinois, that the new brick building, erected for the State Bank, was consumed by fire on the last Tuesday in January, together with all the books of the Bank, and the books and records of the Auditor’s office, which was kept in the same building; also all the books and records of the Land office at that place. This accident must be productive of consequences greatly to be deprecated. – Nat. Intel.
[Page 3, Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn., Submitted by Nancy Piper]

January 21, 1824
State House Burnt

By a gentlemen from the upper part of the state, we have the unpleasing intelligence that the state house at Vandalia has been consumed by fire. The particulars of the accident have not yet come to hand. Tho’ not a very splendid building, yet it was abundantly large, and convenient enough for the purposes of legislation, under the present apportionment of representatives. This misfortune followed so closely the burning of the banking house, and the subsequent robbery of that institution, seems to stamp a kind of fatality upon the place, as prejudicial to its character at the seat of government, as it has been to the interests of the common-wealth. Illinois Gaz.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Page 2 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


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