Green's St. Louis directory :
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The Saint Louis Directory for the year 1845, the first publication
of the kind by the present compiler, (whether it shall prove the last or
not,) is now offered to the public as the fruit of much labor and care.
To render it as perfect as possible, every house in the city has been vis-
ited, where streets and avenues were traceable by means of index boards,
or their names were satisfactorily ascertainable from tradition; and where
the requisite information could not be obtained on the first call, many
houses have been visited twice, thrice, or oftener, for that purpose. The
names have been taken with all the care such an undertaking would per-
mit; and every precaution has been taken to render this what a Direc-
tory ought to be—afull and correct general index to the localities of the
entire population of the city.

As this is my first effort of the kind, it would be marvellous indeed if
it did not prove defective to some extent, at least. When I embarked in
this enterprise, I believed myself to posses as good an intuitive, or in-
stinctive Knowledge of the business of directory compiling as any other;
but I soon discovered that I had much to learn, with no other instructor at
hand than Experience. If, however, I had the same work to do again, with
the Knowledge I have already acquired, I doubt not but that such work
would prove materially more perfect than the present. But, as I have
a few other subjects to touch upon in the course of these introductory
observations, I will here, and at once, discuss, explain, palliate, justify,
and finally dispose of the imperfections of this, my humble, unpretending
production, as briefly as possible, and then submit its fate to the ordeal
of public opinion.

In the course of my passage through this city, I encountered a rabble
of philosophers and wise men, who knew all, and a great deal more than
all, about dierectory-making, but unfortunately for me, no two of them
knew any thing alike; consequently, I was unable to compound, from
their joint and aggregate knowledge, any thing like an infallible system.
This was a source of great embarrasment, perplexity, disquietude and
discouragement to me, insomuch, that on numerous occasions, and even
after I had made considerable advance in the canvassing, I was tempted
to abandon the work in despair of giving any thing like a reasonable pub-
lic satisfaction. Most opportunely for my comfort and encouragement,
however, I met with one man, who had visted all the principal cities of
Great Britain, Continental Europe, and the United States, and conse-