Green's St. Louis directory :
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the ground, and placed upon the blocks, by DameNature, herself; and are of
such durable, imperishable, indestructible material, as to be considered by
many to be of co-extensive duration with time itself, and to require no in-
surance. The stern-post and deck, (or southern and western boundaries,)
were furnished, erected, and placed in their positions by ``the multitude of
counsellos’’ in legislature assembled, and are considered little, if any, more
liable to dilapidation and decay, than the part furnished by Nature, The
latter is, as yet, considered rather incomplete, in that it lacks a rubber in
the south, and cabin, flue-pipes, masts and rigging on the west; but these
can, and are to be supplied when the hull is completed. Beside a freight
of incalculable, inconveivable amount, which he hold is capable of contain-
ing, the cabins and state-rooms, according to the plan, are calculated, when
finished, for the comfortable accommodation of least 500,000 cabin pas-
sengers, together with an abundant space for the accommodation of all the
officers, firemen, seamen, deck-hands, and any number of deck passengers.
The commencement of construction is of but recent date; but already no
less than 85,000 workmen are employed upon the hull; and the contractors
have advertised for more help, which is pouring in daily and hourly. At
least ten times as many hands as are now employed—or 350,000, it is estima-
ted, will actually be employed, all at the same time, before it is completed,
which, from the present time, will be within one-third of the time the ark
was building, which was a pefect child’s toy in the comparison. When
completed, it is destined to do a business commensurate with its vast di-
mensions and capacity; to traverse all seas, by proxy, from China, (by way
of the Pacific) in the west, to the Levant in he east, and from the Arctic to
the Antarctic Circles. But as no country could furnish fuel sufficient for the
propulsion, by steam-power, of a craft of such huge dimensions, even if old
Aeolus himself could furnish blast enough to fill its sails, yet will she be full
rigged, as if for sea, with enginery, masts, &c., but still lie at anchor in the
port where she is now being constructed, and carry on her immense com-
meerce by means of her hundreds of long-boats, yawls, jolly-boats, and ten-
ders, which will navigate all the oceans, seas, gulfs, bays, friths, straits,
rivers and estuaries of the vast globe, and bring and trans-ship to her, as
she lies at anchor in port, of all the rich products and fabrics of all countries
and climes. The intention of the proprietors of this vessel is, to render it
the tunnel, the grand focus, through which most of the commerce carried
on between all surrounding points shall pass. May thei enterprise and
public spirit be crowned with the most signal success! and of that success,
with Father Paul, let every one say—``Esto perpetua.’’

I had almost forgot to mention, that this vessel has been already named, the ``Saint Louis.’’

Finally, fellow workmen upon this immense steamboat—having finished
the job upon it which I had contracted for, (to form the list of the crew and
passengers, and note the respective avocations of each on board) I must
take leave of absence for a season—at least, until I can ascertain how
my performance is appreciated. If approved by you, I shall in due season
apply for a similar job; if disapproved of, I will never trouble you