The Saint Louis business directory for 1853-4 /
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In presenting a new publication for the patronage of
the community, it is customary for the Publisher to intro-
duce it to their notice by a few remarks of a prefatory char-
acter, setting forth its general merits. In accordance
with this custom, and on account of the fact that this is the
first work of its kind ever issued west of the Mississippi,
a word or two in its favor will not, it is hoped, be deemed
out of place.

As the title-page indicates, this is a Business Directory. It does not pretend to give the names of all the inhabi-
tants of St. Louis; nor does it give the residence of any
citizen. It is particularly a business book; and as such, it
presents the name, kind of business, and location of all
the business men and firms in the city, as far as it has
been practicable. In proof of this it is only necessary to
state that this work contains the names of nearly five thou-
sand business establishments, besides clerks, &c.

In a city, increasing in prosperity and population, as
rapidly as St. Louis, it necessarily follows that to present
at any time a completely accurate list of its inhabitants
and their particular localities, is a matter of impossibility.
Additions, removals, and changes are daily taking place,
consequently it cannot be expected from even the pub-
lisher of a directory, that he should be perfectly “posted
up” in regard to all these things.

With regard to the list of business names in this book,
it is, in the aggregate, a correct one. There may be a