The Editor, on his arrival at St. Louis, found it very
inconvenient to search out the residence of persons with
whom he had business; which induced him to think of
publishing a Directory and Register , to number the
houses, and to name those streets not heretofore named ;
He made his intentions known to some of the most in-
fluential citizens of the town, who encouraged him to
proceed.——The work is now finished and it is hoped, will
give general satisfaction.——Every well informed person
must be sensibly impressed with the great utility of a
work of this nature, in a town of such importance as
that of St. Louis; being the commercial metropolis of
the state and the emporium of the trade of a greater
extent of country, than that of any other place in the
western region; and is, from its convenient situation,
destined to become much ’the largest town on this side
of the Eastern Mountains.——The labor attendant on
the collection of the necessary information for this under-
taking was very great, more particularly so, as it is the
First publication of the kind attempted in the State
of Missouri. It was at first contemplated to insert a
digest of the Ondinances of the Corporation, but on
examination, they proved too voluminous, and the Con-
stitution of the United States has been substituted in
their stead, which, it is hoped, will give general satis-
faction. In addition to the names of the inhabitants
will be found descriptive notes on St. Louis; the Con-
stitution of the State of Missouri, and a variety of use-
ful information particularised in the “List of Contents.” The reader is requested to examine the “Directions to
the Reader,” at the commencement of the names, in
order that every part may be clearly understood.
The editor takes this opportunity to thank those
gentlemen who so kindly furnished answers to his many
queries, during the time he was engaged in the collec-
tion of information.
Notwithstanding great assiduity and pains have been
used to make the work as complete as possible, no doubt some errors will be found: These, he feels confident, will
be overlooked by an indulgent public.
As the editor lias incurred considerable expense in
accomplishing this work, and as it promises bo much
convenience and usefulness to the citizens, he flatters
himself that it will meet with a ready sale. To those
gentlemen who have patronized him, he tenders hli
most sincere thanks.
John E.Paxton, .
St. Louis, Mo., May 26, 1821.
The following is a return of the Census, by the United
States Marshal, of the inhabitants in the State of
Missouri, on the 1st of August, 1820.
|Couty of St. Louis||9732|
|St. Gencvieve||5048 (including Perry.)*|
|Pike||3747 (including Ralls.)*|
|Howard||13427 (including Boone,
Chariton and Ray.)*
|Montgomery||3074 (inel’g Callaway,)*|
|Franklin||2379 (including Gascon’de|
|Cooper||6959 (including Lillard,
Cole and Saline.)*
* Creatad by the Legislature since 1st August, 1820.