Green's St. Louis directory :

of those classes; and all the use there is in inserting their names is, the
enlargement of a book, at additional expense, and for no other purpose
than to porclaim the fact, that, in times past, such persons have actually
resided or sojourned in St. Louis. I mention this now, because it was my
intention, when I embarked in this undertaking, to make its repetition a
regular annual business, provided my present effort should render such
general satisfaction as to afford me sufficient encouragement. Therefore,
if I ever do undertake the publication of another Directory, I will con-
fine the work solely to the names of persons in some sort anchored to the
place by a hosehold or business tenure.

It was my intention to have comprised within this publication a mass
of local statistical matter, manufacturing, commercial, and miscellaneous,
which, though not technically entering into the composition of such a
work, might yet very properly be inserted therein; but in the loss of time
before mentioned has prevented me from doing this. The same cause
has prevented me from procuring, by personal applicaton to the proper
persons, abstracts of the chartered and uncharted organized institu-
tions, associations, and compaines; such as Masons, Oddfellows, Mili-
tary, Benevolent, &c. Some of them have been voluntarily furnished and
inserted, but the rest are omitted through no fault of mine, as I have made
several calls for them through the public prints. I propose to myself to
furnish something of these kinds in the spring, in connection with a
comprehensive Business Directory, at a cheap, rate, accompanied by
a map of the city, the most accurate, and the only accurate one that will
then be extant; and until it shall appear, if it shall appear, ther neither
is, nor will be, any other such.

With respect to our local history-that having been already twice
given, first by Mr. Keemle, , up to 1838, and afterward by Mr. Cham-, , one of the publisher of the last Directory, up to 1842—its repeti-
tion here would be utterly superfluous. Our subsequent history is the
two or three years’ history of the steady, noiseless, but rapid growth of
an infant city, as to years, but of gigantie stature as to dimensions and
enterprise. It is a trite saying, "that it is the country that makes the
town"— which signifies, that without a dense circumjacent country pop-
ulation, a town can never attain to any thing like distinction. The case
of St. Louis, to a material extent, is an exception to this proverb. Saint
Louis, it is true, is the great commercial mart of almost half a conti-
nent, (calling North America alone a continent,) but this half a continent
is as yet, comparatively in a wilderness state. Without the advantages
of a dense surrounding "country" population, St. Louis has augmented
from a town of about 5,000 inhabitants in 1830, to a city of 35,000 in
1844— an aggregate increase of 560 per cent. on the former population,
in the short space of fourteen years. If such be the case then, when
the country does not, what is to be her destiny when the country shall,
contribute its mite towards making the town? What is to be her destiny
when Missouri and Illinois become to her (and which cannot be long