Green's St. Louis directory :
ix Preface.
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to welcome the return of many more of those wanderers from us, and to
renew a more durable acquaintance with them.

With respect to the mercantile business of this city, without speaking
advisedly upon the subject, I would say, that from three-fourths to seven-
eighths of the consumption of Missouri and Iowa, and those parts of Illinois
and Wisconsin finding an outlet by the Mississippi, are furnished by our
wholesale merchants; and of our commission and forwarding houses, it may
be said, that they are either the purchasers of the staple commodities of
the same vast region of country, or the factors through whose hands the
same pass.

The private and public improvements of our city, put up or finished the
present season, without knowing positively, I believe to exceed that of
any previous season, although greatly impeded by the late unprecedented
freshet in the Mississippi, by which nearly all the wood along our river
coast, which furnishes our brickmaker,s was carried off, and the sand used
for building was so submerged, that, for a long time, there was none to be
procured: nevertheless, among the public buildings put up this season, or
finished which had been previously commenced, may be numbered—one
Baptist, four Catholic, three Methodist nd two Presbyterian chruches, all
of which, while they are spacious, comfortable, and substantial, possess the
rare merit of having nothing gaudy about them. Under this head may be
mentioned the completion of the previously unfinished part of the new
Court-house, so far as it had been commenced. The north, south and west
wings of that stately edifice are now completed, and present an appear-
ance, both without and within, which for arrangement, taste and execu-
tion, does honor to our architects and mechanics, and no less to our County
Court for public spirit. The east wing, it is said, will be commenced at
an early period; and the whole, when finished, will present an appear-
ance which, as a public ornament, will hardly be surpassed by any thing
of the kind in the West, even if in the East.

Among the products of private enterprise, in this city, are several of re-
cent date, which, for magnitude, may be ranked among those of a public
character; and, prominent among these, stand the two substantial and
capacious brick Tobacco Warehouses of Col; Joshua B.Brant, . And we
are gratified to know, that with Inspectors unsurpassed inj professional
knowledge, stern integrity, and a wide-extended celebrity, those ware-
houses are patronized to an extent commensurate with the public spirit
of the proprietor, and the moral and professional worth of the officers con-
nected therewith. Since their erection, the following inspections have
been made at those warehouses;—415 hhds in 1841; 1,750, in 1842; 6,847,
in 1843, and 3,303 in 1844; showing a rapid annual increase until the pre-
sent year, which has been cut short only by the failure of the crop of 1843.
The average price of certain fifty bogheads of tobacco, inspected and sold
at those warehouses the present season, is $6 18 per hundred.

There are many other prominent establishments in this city no less de-
serving of notice here, but for want of the necessary information respecting
which I am compelled to defer them for the present. Ample justice will
be done them in my (at present contemplated) Busniess Directory of the
city.