From the Virginia Historical Society’s Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, “The Capitol Disaster” (Vol. 68, No. 2, April, 1960, pp. 193-197) by William M.E. Rachal:

Reading of the opinion was necessarily postponed until the twenty-ninth when the court met in the City Hall. At that time Ellyson was held to be the lawful mayor of Richmond, and by implication the citizens of Richmond were once more free to govern themselves.