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Woods' Baltimore Directory for 1856-57
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PREFACE.

THE publisher in presenting this his First Edition of the Baltimore Directory, does
so with a great degree of confidence that it will give satisfaction to all discriminating
and reasonable persons. Having procured the best of canvassers for taking the names
and other information, for which he paid very liberally, and having devoted his own
unceasing watchfulness in the transcribing and preparing for the press—going in per-
son and sending to remote sections of the city for the correction of names, &c., in some
cases many times before the facts could be obtained, and in every possible way
soliciting all the needful information—if there are errors still, (and no doubt there are,)
with all the labor and drudgery bestowed to make the work correct, he must crave the
indulgence of the public.

He has aimed to spell the names correctly, and has repeated no name for the pur-
pose of guessing the right way, therefore, persons must know how to spell a name
before they can find it, or if they do not know how, let them try every possible mode
of spelling it; for instance, if the name is Steuart, not to look for Stewart, or Stuart;
and of churches, public institutions, &c., First Presbyterian Church will be found
under First, not Presbyterian ; Baltimore Athenaeum under Baltimore, not Athenaeum.
There are in this Directory, in the aggregate, 33,000 names, (whites,) and upwards
of 5000 more than was in the last Directory : not only householders, but clerks, por-
ters, salesmen, journeymen, &:c., being inserted, when permanently located. Of these
classes, however, great difficulty was encountered in getting information correctly, not
having the time to trace persons from place to place.

A Business Directory has been added to this publication, which it is hoped will be
found of great utility to the business community; as this is a new feature, (never
having been done before,) in the Baltimore Directory, the publisher regrets that it is
not as full and correct as it should be, having discovered in transcribing it the great
difficulty in classifying the businesses; many individuals having several branches under
a general head, and the liability of getting them under a wrong head without specially
canvassing the city for that object alone, which would have caused too great a delay.
In the next edition he will know how to anticipate those difficulties.

The elaborate and artistic Frontispiece from the Lithographic Press of MESSRS. A.
HOEN &. Co., with miniature views of some of the public buildings, will be acknow-
ledged by all to be a rare and beautiful specimen of the art.

The Commissioners for Equalising the Wards of the City are now progressing with
their work, which, when completed, the undersigned will print the New Division in
such form as to take the place of the old one now in the hook ; purchasers of the work
will be entitled to a copy by calling for it at the Directory Office.

One word more, and he will submit the work to the seeker of names. He had
reasonably expected that a largely increased subscription list would have cheered him
through the labor of the work; though he is still grateful and makes his particular ac-
knowledgments to those having given their names as subscribers. He is placed under
obligations to his many advertising friends for the handsome display which they make
through the work, and which will be returned to them certainly more than tenfold.

For his Canvassers he returns thanks to all classes for the uniform and courteous
kindness extended to them in their calls.

JOHN W. WOODS.


 

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