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The information obligingly furnished by William M. Campbell, Esq., contained in entire descriptions of St. Charles and several other counties, are so well written and so just, that the matter is published in his own language, without alteration. This gentleman was better prepared to contribute to this compilation than most of the correspondents of the compiler; for the reason that Mr. Campbell had been solicited to undertake a similar work, and was, at the time the prospectus for this publication issued, preparing matter for a gazetteer. In his professional pursuits in the circuit in which he practises as attorney and counsellor, he had, by close observation, made himself well acquainted with the resources of the country. As the object of Mr. Campbell in his contemplated publication was to promote the public weal, when he saw that a work of the kind, which was so much needed, was in progress, he cheerfully abandoned his project, and kindly furnished the raid above mentioned, for which the compiler takes pleasure in reiterating his grateful thanks.
In the long list of correspondents to the Gazetteer, containing the names of many of the most respectable and eminent citizens of Missouri, much of patriotic effort, as well as generous and efficient aid, extorts the unqualified acknowledgments of the compiler, which are here recorded, with the most grateful sense of their kindness and obliging disposition.
When invited by a bookseller of great thrift anu enterprise to compile a work with the title that is prefixed to this volume, it the
of the writer to construct it solely with regard to descriptive character. But when an association had been formed with a gentleman of enterprise and liberality, it was deemed important to intersperse throughout the work entertaining passages, for the purpose of relieving the reader from the monotony of narrative or the sameness of descriptive detail.
In the prosecution of this plan, it is believed that such sketches of frontier character, and as much of Indian history and illustration of mountain life as the limits of the volume (in the appendix) will compass, can in no way diminish the value of the production.
For a portion of the readers of the Gazetteer we look beyond the limits of the state; and it may be presumed that all those who design emigrating westward, all who have friends and kindred in the “Far West,” and as many as con template, with patriotic impulses, the growing importance of any portion of the union, will peruse, with gratification pro portioned to the interest they cherish, the contents of these pages.
While employed in the compilation, the writer was sur prised by the appearance of a prospectus for another work with a similar title, and “copy-right secured.” This cir. cumstance has not interrupted the compiler in his labours, or put him out of humour; and he now presents to his readers the result of his recent investigations, in addition to
the information which he derives from actual observation during his residence in Missouri for a period of seventeen years.
It may be presumed that Missouri will be as happy in having. two Gazetteers as Sparta was with her two kings; and it will readily appear, by the perusal of the two works, that the country described deserves to have its peculiar excellences and great resources recorded in the pages of ten volumes instead of two.
The anecdote of the old mariner should, on this occasion, be remembered. When about to retire to his chamber in a fashionable hotel, in order to assume the position and the consequence which he believed accorded with his deserts ashore, and in the society of mere lands-men, he was heard to call, in boatswain's accents, “Waiter! waiter ! bring me two boot-jacks!"
An unforeseen difficulty in procuring data, from which to compile the Gazetteer, arose at an early period. The cupidity of many inhabitants from whom information might have been expected caused this difficulty, and the increased expense of travelling through the country to which the compiler has been subjected. The delay of publication, likewise attributable to this cause, is much to be lamented. It is a fair presumption that some of the settlers in the country, observing fine tracts of land in their vicinity still vacant and subject to entry, have been fearful that the Gazetteer would draw around them swarms of emigrants, who would become purchasers of these tracts of land, and thus cut off their prospect of extending their possessions for their own use or that of their progeny; but, from the liberal, highminded, and public-spirited citizens whose names are appended to this volume as contributors, information has been procured that has saved the compiler much labour and expense, and their disinterested aid is thankfully acknowledged. The Compiler has obtained leave to insert in the Gazetteer
the names of the following gentlemen, who have obli
gingly contributed descriptive matter for this work. William M. CAMPBELL, Esq., Senator of St. Charles
county. Dr. JAMES H. RELFE, of Caledonia. Hon. L. F. LINN, U. S. Senator. Rev. Ezra Stiles Elx, D. D. John S. BRICKEY, Esq., of Potosi. Major Ashby, Senator of Chariton. JOHN AULL, Esq., merchant of Lexington. General Henry ATKINSON, U. S. army. Mr. James COCKERELL, of Johnson county. McMillan MAUGHAS, M. D., of Montgomery. A. VALLE, Esq., of Volney, Ste. Genevieve county. Mr. Joseph Dickson, Clerk of Carrol county. Wm. Biggs, Esq., of Pike county. Mr. JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, Senator of Rives county. John S. HENDERSON, Esq., merchant of Fulton. General BENJAMIN Means, of Marion county. Mr. W. K. VANARSDALL, Senator of Monroe. GEORGE CHAPMAN, Esq., of Franklin. Dr. Nathan Kouns, of Callaway. Colonel John THORNTON, late Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Missouri. Mr. Joseph FAUCETTE, P. M. of St. Charles. James Rice, Esq., of Perry county. Mr. TILOMAS MOSELEY, merchant of New Madrid county. Thomas C. Gordon, Esq., of Clay county. Colonel T. B. Arnet, of Van Buren county. EDWARD C. Moore, Esq., of Pulaski county.