Green's St. Louis directory :
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quently knew more than all the rest together, and he had Never Vet Seen
a good Derectory. This was "as water to a thirsty soul." Animation,
before almost suspended, was now restored—my spirits revived—my
energies returned—and I determined to persevere to the end; and if I
must needs suffer immolation, impalement, tortures, racks and thumb-
screws, and all that, I felt content to suffer in such company as the Long-
worths, the M’Elroys, the Cists, and other veteran directory compilers
of our own country, who had once to learn as well as myself, and even
yet have not been able to stop the months of the two-penny critics.

Two main ingredients enter into the composition of a perfect directory
—the inclusion of all the names, and their location in their proper
places of business or residence. As regards the latter, I believe there
will be extremely small occasion for fault-finding furnished in the follow-
ing pages.

With respect to the former, there are three ways in which it may be
impossible to get all the names—first, by finding no person at home, to
furnish the requisite information, nor any one adjacent to furnish the
same satisfactorily: secondly, by removals from parts of the city over
which I had not passed, to parts of the city over which I had passed: and,
thirdly, by the squeamish withholdment of the name desired, on account
of the indulgence of a morbid sense of mock-dignity on the part of the
person applied to. I know there are a few names in this city which will
not appear in this work, and to the above causes, exclusively, may their
omissions be attributed. One evidence that there cannot be many names
omitted, is the fact, that the following alphabetical list contains about
eighteen hundred more names than there were votes polled in this city at
the late presidential election, where, no doubt, all the legal voters of the
city, and many from the county, voted, if not, withal, many who were not
entitled to a vote.

As to those who have changed their places of business or residence
since I took their names, and they have not furnished me with notice of
such change, I hope they will be a little modest in censuring me for not
making the necessary corrections, without such notice. I have made
many corrections myself, where I knew such changes to have taken
place.

The re-numbering of the city will now receive a moment’s attention,
as that, no doubt, will furnish grounds for charitable stricture by those
who appear to have been sent into the world for no other purpose than
to watch and govern its motions.

I commenced canvassing, for this work, on the 27th of May. Between
that day and the first of June, I was informed taht an ordinance had been
passed for re-numbering the houses of the city. Upon inquiry, I also
ascertained, officially, that the contract for ddoing the same had been en-
tered into, and that the work was to be completed by the 6th of July. On
the first of June, therefore, I suspended operations, intending to await
the commencement of the numbering, and then to follow on after the