For many years the book was generally supposed to be lost. During the year 1894, however, it came to light in the library of the late Reverend Churchill J. Gibson, of Petersburg, Virginia, where it had been most probably ever since 1848. (See p. 344.)
In the preparation of the copy for the printer, care was taken to follow the original in every eccentricity of spelling and abbreviation and in all mistakes. With the exception of the variations noted on page 396, this is as accurate a reproduction of the manuscript as types will make. Wherever brackets occur in the work, the corresponding portion of the manuscript is either illegible or worn away by time and use. An intentional omission in the original is indicated by a blank space or a dash.
Register [alphabetically by initial letter and including births and baptisms with a few deaths and burials]: p. -395.