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Preface, Canada Directory
Having been engaged for some years in preparing and
publishing works of a statistical nature, relating to Canada, the
idea had frequently occurred to the Editor of the Canada Directory,
that a volume which would give the amount and nature of information
relative to the Province which is contained in the present one,
could not fail to be of much practical utility and value to the
The difficulty, however, of finding a publisher who was willing to
risk the heavy outlay incidental to bringing out such a work (as,
added to the ordinary expenses, nearly all the information had to be
collected by traveling agents, employed expressly for that purpose,)
was the cause of its being delayed from time to time.
This difficulty having at length been obviated by the arrangements
made with Mr. John Lovell, of Montreal, the publisher of the present
volume, active operations in collecting the requisite material, (in
which the Editor and eight intelligent assistants were employed,)
were commenced in September, 1850, and the result of their labors is
now submitted to the public in the contents of the following pages.
How far the Editor has succeeded in the design of producing a useful
book, it will be, for the public to decide, but this much he can
confidently say, that the labor bestowed upon it has been great, and
the task an arduous one, and that no exertion nor expense have been
spared in procuring the necessary data.
Should, however, any errors or omissions be discovered, and in the
first edition of a work such as the present, it is almost impossible
but that to some extent such should be the case, it is hoped that a
reasonable degree of allowance will be made for them, when the
difficulties of collecting and arranging such a mass of information
as is here given are duly considered.
His thanks are due to many gentlemen residing in remote localities,
for furnishing him with the necessary information regarding them,
and his acknowledgments are particularly due to the Hon. James
Morris, and the Hon. Joseph Bourret, for the promptitude and
courtesy with which the information relative their several
departments was supplied.
Indeed, with few exceptions, all who were applied to for
information, kindly and cordially responded to the call, and to the
gentlemen of the Canadian press, generally, his obligations have
been numerous, and his thanks are sincere.
It was stated in the Prospectus of the Directory, that the names of
the subscribers would appear in Small Capitals, heading the list of
names in their respective Towns or Villages, and that plan has been
strictly adhered to throughout, no disparagement of those who are
not subscribers was originally meant, nor is now intended by this
arrangement, which was designed simply as a fitting acknowledgment
for the encouragement and support received from those who
subscribed, and as such, will, he hopes, be accepted by them.
When the Directory was projected, it was intended that Villages
having a population of less than from four to five hundred, should
not be included in its pages, and it was supposed that returns from
two hundred and fifty to three hundred places, at most, would be
given. It will be observed that this resolution has not been adhered
to, as it was found that many places having a less population than
that designated, were growing so rapidly, that previous to another
edition of the work being issued, they would probably exceed the
intended limits, and the consequence of this extension of the
original plan is, that returns from over Five hundred and fifty
different localities are embodied in the present volume.
Some of the agents employed in receiving orders, inadvertently
received advertisements for insertion, which, from their nature,
were deemed inadmissible, and consequently do not appear. Other
advertisements received, were ordered to appear on certain
designated pages, and these also are declined, as the plan of the
Directory is an Alphabetical Arrangement, either by names or
businesses, which is the only fair and equal one for all concerned.
A few also sent advertisements, the extent of which so greatly
exceeded the limited space which was ordered, that no alternative
but rejecting them altogether seemed possible.
In the course of his tour through the Province, while collecting the
materials for the present work, the Editor found, that a very strong
desire existed for A. General Gazetteer Of The British North
American Provinces," and many of the most influential gentlemen in
every section of the Country that he visited, pledged him their
co-operation and support in such an undertaking.
He has, consequently, much satisfaction in being able to announce
that a large portion of the data necessary for the work is already
in hand, and that arrangements have been perfected, which will
enable him within a very brief period to place a comprehensive
Prospectus of The Gazetteer Of British North America" in the hands
of the public.
It is intended to issue a new and corrected edition of "The Canada
Directory," early in 1854 and trusting that in the mean time the
present one will be found to answer all the requirements of the
Professional and Business Community.
He has the honor to be,
Their obedient servant,
Robert W. S. Mackay.
Montreal, November, 1851
Canada Directory, November, 1851