Green's St. Louis directory :
Saint Louis Directory Preface
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The Second Number of the St. Louis Directory, by the present compiler,
is now before the public. A few words in reference to it may be necessary,
and but few shall suffice.

I have spared no pains in endeavoring to procure, for insertion, all the
names within the city, which ought to find place in a Directory ; and, if any
are omitted, which ought to have been inserted, such omission is attribu-
table to no fault on my part, but, rather, to the impossibility of obtaining
them. It is possible that a few omissions may have occurred, on account of
a squeamish, mawkish sense of personal dignity, indulged by certain indi-
viduals, which prevented them from subjecting themselves to the menial
degradation of knowing my business with them ; consequently, in such
cases, I have had to retire without the information sought for. Other cases
of omission may have occurred by the removal of a family, or business
man, from a location which I had not reached, to a location over which
I had passed; and, again, a few others, by the absence from home, of the
occupants of tenements.

One material defect in my last Directory is corrected in the present.
With but few exceptions the Christian name is given in full, with the mid-
dle name initials. Out of nearly nine thousand names, I believe that not
more than one hundred initial cases will be found.

On the subject of Statistics, and such other local matters as generally
precede the body of such publications as this, I must say that very little of,
the kind will be found in the present production. Nor have 1 been able to
discover any great use in them. They will do very well to make a small
place look big abroad, but St. Louis stands in no need of such factitious aids.
Beside, when a city of upwards of forty thousand inhabitants has been x
canvassed for a Directory by a single individual, he has no time left for
metagrabolizing statistics, previous to the work going to press. It is then
indispensable that the work be forthcoming, with the least possible delay.

Since the late numbering of the houses of the city, many vacant places
along the numbered streets, and within the numbered limits of those
streets, have been built up, in whole or in part; but these new buildings
being without numbers, I have put down to the name of the occupant, the
number which his house ought to have—and all he has to do is, to have the
same placed over his door.

I deem it a gratifying duty due from me to the business portion of the
St. Louis public, to say a word with respect to the reception which they
gave my former effort to serve them in this way. Respectably numerous,
no doubt, were the defects of my last Directory. I have discovered some
myself,and have had others pointed out to me—by some in friendly man-
ner—by others in a spirit of brutality—some of which were properly attri-
b table to myself, and a goodly number to the printer. But from the rea

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sonable, charitable portion of the public, I have received every allowance
for not having performed—not merely a stupendous difficulty—but even an
utter impossibility——that of getting up a perfect Directory of the City of
St. Louis. Of the insuperable difficulties of getting up such a work, many
are aware,though a still greater number are not; but the best comment,
or elucidation, having a bearing upon the case, is to be found in the fact,
that, last winter a couple of adventurers from Utopia, Terra Incognita, the
Moon, or somewhere else,descendants from a long ancestral train of Di-
rectory makers, most compassionately came on here, for the purpose of get-
ting up a perfect Directory, for us poor benighted heathen: but, having
advanced a short way in the good work, they suddenly abandoned it in ju-
dicious disgust, on account of the attendant difficulties, and then “putout”
for the land from whence they came.

But while I take great pleasure in bearing testimony to the liberality of
a large majority of the business men of this city, there is, nevertheless, a
small minority of costive souls—though by no means contemptable in num-
ber, in honor of whom I must excuse myself from speaking very lavishly.
While they do, in the main, as good a business as their more public
spirited neighbors, they yet cannot go to the paltry expense of one dollar,
once in every two or three years, for the convenience and accommodation
of the same community that sustains them so liberally! Acting upon the
presumption, that a Directory, to be complete, must include even their
names, as well as those of men of honor, they are not too fastidious to im-
pose upon the latter the expense of giving them publicity and noto-
riety; and thus they manage to get their unworthy names foisted,
as it were, by stealth, and in a manner no more honorable than veritable
theft, into society with the names of gentlemen. I mentioned the names of
about a dozen such cattle, who refused to patronize the last Directory, to
an honorable merchant on Main Street, and he observed : That were he
in my place he would leave all such out of the Directory; and that the
public, being apprized of the cause, would abundantly sustain me in such
justly merited exclusion. I have not carried out the suggestion on this
occasion: but if, in future, the names of such should be found “among the
missing,”—and which is by no means impossible, but withal highly prob-
able—I hope they will not consider themselves as slighted.

Finally: Notwithstanding the obvious, admitted, acknowledged difficul-
ties—not to say impossibility—of getting up a perfect Directory of this city,
I have yet had my maligners for not having turned out, in my former and
first effort, a specimen of ultra perfection. There is a species of biped,
somewhat resembling the human form, possessed of a high order of in-
stinct, but of little or no rationality, to whom Providence, by a seeming
oversight, omitted to impart souls! Their instinct is often mistaken for
reason, on account of the talent, or gift of loquacitywith which, like the
parrot, they are endowed. They form the link in the chain of Creation,
between the higher order of oran-outang, and the lower order of genuine
ebony African—and are designated by naturalistsand learned men, by the
appellation of “albino’s,” or white negroes. These, it is, who have been my
maligners and traducers. Like a certain domestic animal, they will revel
and gormandize upon offal and putrescences, in preference to sound, health-

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ful aliment. Knowing nothing, they yet arrogate to themselves all wis-
dom and knowledge; and by way of shewing off their vast, unfathomable
profundity, condemn all that they do not understand, which is just every
thing possessed of the smallest degree of merit in its way. They irresis-
tably bring to mind a species of alchymist of yore—not those laudable al-
chymists who went about doing good, turning the baser metals into gold
by the mesmeric touch of the Philosopher’s Stone, thereby making every
body rich—but those other alchymists who, rejecting the pure oil of the
olive, were wont to traverse the country over, during cherry time, and ex-
plore all the nooks, recesses, and by-places around the country domicil,
in search for the cherry stones which had been deposited there, in small
masses, by the little children—from which to extract, according to their
notion, a most luscious, precious, delicious, nutricious sallad oil, for their
own consumption, and that of others of equally refined physical tastes with
themselves. I ask the public pardon for having made such voluminous re-
ference to this species of lusus nalurae—a thing I by no means would have
done, had it not been that I have actually detected two or three of them
clad in broadcloths of pretty good quality, and trying to ape the gentleman
—which gave them very much the appearance of the jack-daw in pea-
cock’s feathers, or of puss in boots. To such I dedicate the defects and
imperfections of the present compilation, with the unfeigned hope that
they may prove to them just so many literary cherry stones, from the in-
tellectual oil extracted from which, I hope they may flourish, and thrive,
and grow unwieldily corpulent. The more perfect portions of the present
work, I dedicate to gentlemen.

The compiler.