Green's St. Louis directory :
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A General Directory of the City of St. Louis for the year 1851,
and the third of the kind by the same author, is now before the
St. Louis public.

In its compilation, it was the study and the effort of the author
to render it deserving of their patronage. For the information it
contains, he has personally knocked at every door, or rung every
door-bell in the city. Every name has been procured that possibly
could be procured, which would have been proper subject of direc-
torial record. The greatest care has been exercised in procuring
the proper spelling of surnames, and of the Christian name in full,
and in the arrangement of both in the most perfect dictionary order;
so that, to find a name instantaneously, it is only necessary to know
the proper spelling, and how to find a word in a dictionary.

At the time of this present writing, the precise number of the
names it contains, is not known; but it will be in the vicinity of
16,500. The net number will be stated at the end of the list of
names, or some subsequent part of the volume.

A large quantity of useful local and statistical matter, collected
or prepared for this work, was consumed by the fire that occurred
on Chesnut street, on the night of the 25th October, where this
work was then being printed, and want of time to replace the same
has been the cause of their omission altogether.

It were to be hoped, that with the preceding, the prefatory re-
marks to this publication might have been concluded; but I have
to regret that such is not the fact, and to my increased regret, I fear
that I will be under the necessity of becoming somewhat volumi-
nous and prolix upon the subject in hand.

I have been exceedingly perplexed in deciding upon the number
of copies of which this edition should be composed. I arrogate to
myself the prerogative of being the judge as to who, in all this
city, ought to patronize Directories, and who might be excused. I
know to within a dozen how many of the former there are, but I do
not know how many of them will patronize it. Four years ago I pub-
lished eleven hundred copies of Directory, and sold six hundred;
and ever since that time I have been afraid of over-issues. I do

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not believe that a business man ought to patronize every boot that
is thrust at him; but in a populous city like St. Louis, a Directory
is an article of such absolute indispensability, that no man doing
even a moderate business, ought to be without one. The greater
the number that is taken, the cheaper they can be afforded, and
two thousand copies could be afforded at little more than one-half
each, that each of one thousand copies could be afforded. But as
I do not suppose that more than one half who ought, will patronize
this work, 1 have regulated the number of my edition accordingly,
and been under the necessity of increasing the price to such an ex-
tent as to render it a barely living business to me, provided I dis-
pose of them all. The present Directory contains about fifty per
cent, more names than the last—yet I have not added fifty per
cent, to the price of this.

I have made provision on the present occasion, however, after
all shall have be en supplied, to stump and bluff off all the leeches,
vampires, and other blood-suckers and sponges in the city, who are
wont to withhold their patronage on account of the trivial expense,
by compelling a refusal on their part, I know so many of these,
who are as much in the habit of referring to Directories as the ac-
tual patrons themselves, that I have the best of reason for believing
that they all do it. I know of an opulenthouse which occasionally
would send to the distance of a block, to borrow a copy from a
mechanic, when ihey could have borrowed one immediately over
head, or on either side adjoining. I know another which is in the
habit of itinerating, in person or by proxy, to the distance of sev-
eral blocks, to places where they are but little, if at all known,
for the purpose of reference. Others, still less fastidious, are wont
to resort to the nearest coffee-house or barber shop, for the same
purpose. Others, again, of still stronger stomach, experience no
difficulty in going boldly into the next door, and demanding the
use of a Directory as a matter of right. Numerous other equally
flagrant cases might be cited.

Now, all this is a gross fraud perpetrated upon the publisher, and
a mean and contemptible one upon the patron. After having by
their own niggardliness raised the price upon the patron, they vir-
tually appropriate his property itself, to their own use. By such
means the publisher is deprived of a just reward for his labors, and
a remuneration for his actual expenses. Such practice is immensely
more disreputable than procuring money under false pretenses—no
more honorable than veritable pigeon-dropping.

But still, it will not do to leave the names of such live-lumber
out of a Directory. Every such, in the course of the year,

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may be enquired for by an actual gentleman; therefore, to leave
such out, would be the rendering of a Directory but partial and

But if I am sustained on this occasion to a reasonable — not to
say a merited extent—(for this I cannot be, only having made pro-
vision for a reasonable patronage,) it is my intention to continue
this publication from year to year; and if I do, I will invariably
publish their names in an appendix at the end of the book, and
those of my patrons in their proper places in the body of the
work, in capitals, as is the custom in the East. But that there
may be no difficulty in finding the whereabouts of these our appen-
dix fellow-citizens, I will also insert their names at their proper
places in the body of the work, but in the following form :
"Gripus, Jonadab. See Appendix."

and in the appendix insert their names, business, and locations at
length, thus:

"GripusJonadab, , wh.gio. and com.commission aiercti. , 987 n Fourth."

By these means the latter will know to whom to apply for charity,
and the veritable patron to whom to be charitable; and thus, by
his good works, secure to himself the beatific experience, that "it
is more blessed to give than to receive."

I ask the reader's pardon for this long reference to a very
"numerous and respectable" class. I could not be more brief,
though I might, with equal pertinency, have been much more
voluminous. But I have disposed of this particular subject for all
time to come.

The Publisher.