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COMMENDATIONS BY THE PRESS.
We have had the pleasure of spending an hour at the studio of the author of this standard work, and have examined a portion of the manuscripts and illustrations. The one hundred and fifteen counties in the State are represented, and the history of each county is a book complete in itself, giving full descriptions of the early settlement, physical features, agricultural, commercial, and business statistics of each city and town in the county. Some of the principal points of interest and natural curiosities throughout the State have been drawn and engraved, expressly for this work. From our personal observation, we can unqualifiedly pronounce the forthcoming work a most complete book of Missouri. It already has the indorsement of the most prominent men in the State, who have also examined the MSS. A work of this character has long been wanted, and the author merits the support of the entire people of the State.
When the Illustrated State Gazetteer is published, we shall take an early opportunity of reviewing its contents, and setting forth more fully the merits of the work. Missouri Republican, St. Louis.
We have also had the pleasure of looking over some of the manuscripts of this forthcoming work, and have heretofore had occasion to speak of it commendatorily. We can do no less than indorse every word the "Republican" says of it. It is well worthy the praise and patronage of every Missourian.-Examiner, Jefferson City, Mo.
From what we have seen of the manuscript and illustrations, and from the indorsement it has received from some of the most intelligent men in the State and those most familiar with Missouri, we venture to say that it will be just the work needed-a complete and accurate Gazetteer of Missouri. This book will embrace all information of interest to the citizens of the State, and those seeking homes in the West, including Missouri's early history, its geological and topographical characteristics, and the mineral, manufacturing, mechanical, commercial, and railroad interests, advantages, and statistics of each county. We are under the impression that the information is full, late, and reliable, for it has been collected by the author in person. The illustrations are undoubtedly accurate and life-like. In a word, it promises to be the best work of the kind yet published in any portion of the great West, and we bespeak for it, in advance, the encouragement of the public.-Democrat, St. Louis.
We have examined, with much pleasure, a portion of the manuscript, and a large number of handsomely executed engravings, for an Illustrated Gazetteer of the State. This noble and useful work is being prosecuted by Mr. N. H. Parker. From the energy and ability of this gentleman, we cannot doubt that he will be able to produce a book that will be of the utmost value, not only to citizens of Missouri, but to all who are seeking homes in our borders.
A work of this kind is greatly needed in Missouri, and we have no reason to doubt that the author will present to the public a faithful and reliable Gazetteer of the State.-Examiner, Jefferson City.
It will embrace a full description of the State of "Missouri as it is," in every particular, and will be a complete guide to every man who feels an interest in, or wishes to travel through. that State. The interests of Missouri and Illinois are in some measure identified, and this book should be in the hands of every resident in either State.-Herald, Wilmington, Ill.
This work will be of universal interest. Every individual in every city, town, and village in the State will be eager to have it; because every locality in the State has a place upon its pages, and many of them are beautifully illustrated. We have seen some of the manuscript, and can say, without hesitation, that it promises to be the best work of the kind ever published for any part of the West, and it will be an honor to the State and its compiler.-Ironton Furnace, Ironton, Mo.
We shall have a book of great value, especially to the business men of Missouri.-Visitor, Waverly.
This gentleman deserves the thanks and encouragement of the people throughout the State, for the energy and thoroughness with which he is prosecuting his work.-West, St. Joseph, Mo.
Any one can see at a glance that this work will prove of immense advantage to each county, and give it character abroad.-Mirror, Springfield, Mo.
This volume will contain a description of St. Joseph and the surrounding country, its business and commercial advantages, incidents in its early settlement, etc., etc. We have been shown the engraving of St. Joseph, designed for it. It is decidedly one of the best executed engravings we have ever seen, and correctly represents the city as it appears from the stand-point where sketched. -Gazette, St. Joseph, Mo.
This work has long been wanted, and will be much sought after. The sketch of St. Joseph is perfect; the smallest houses are visible, and can be recognized at a glance. Nothing is missing, from the largest house down to the smallest. This work should be in the hands of every one who wishes to become conversant with the resources of Missouri.-Journal, St. Joseph, Mo.
This will be an important work, and should be in the hands of every citizen in the State. It will not only be an interesting work to read—the early times of Missouri equaling those of any other State in the Union in wild adventure and romantic interest-but will contain a mint of knowledge which should be known by every one regarding their own State.-Herald, Neosho, Mo.
The plan of the author has been to visit every county in the State, and from the lips of its oldest citizens, from official sources, and personal observation, to embody every matter of interest-historical, agricultural, and commercial. We have seen the notes on Kansas City, and if the book is made up with such minuteness and fidelity as that of Kansas City, it will be the most important history of Missouri ever published.-Journal of Commerce, Kansas City, Mo.
The author is able to send forth a book that will speak alike in eloquent tones, to the mind and eye, of the true greatness of our State now, while it will lay the foundation for a future development and population, which can be better imagined than described.-Times, Glasgow, Mo.
The volume will be beautifully illustrated with engravings of towns (among which will be Brunswick), public buildings, landscape scenery, etc., drawn and engraved expressly for this work. It will be a valuable book for reference to all who take an interest in this great State.-Press, Brunswick, Mo.
This book will contain the latest and most reliable information in regard to our noble State, as well as authentic accounts of its early settlement.-The Central City, Brunswick, Mo.
We have no hesitancy in pronouncing it one of the most complete, comprehensive works of the kind ever published for any Western State or Territory. At this time the great want of the State is an influx of intelligent, energetic Northern people, who shall infuse new life and energy into the now almost depopulated portions of our State. This want has been expressed by our noble Governor in his inaugural message, by the best men in our Legislature and State Convention, and by the press all over the State. In all the Union "as it was," there is no other State that possesses, to the same extent, the elements of wealth, of greatness, and independence as does Missouri; but the fact avails us nothing unless these latent resources are developed. To insure their development we must make these facts known to the rest of the world-to the overcrowded East, and the manufacturing and mining districts of the Old World, and a tide of immigration will flow into "free Missouri," such as even the auriferous districts might covet. The reasons are self-evident; almost every mineral of any economical value exists in working quantities in this State, and of some of the most useful and profitable we have beds of unparalleled extent. The more valuable beds of iron, lead, copper, and marble are in districts penetrated by railroads already completed, or whose completion at an early day is provided for; our public improvements, the cause of education and everything that tends towards the advancement of the best interests of the State, are fostered and encouraged by the Executive and Legislature.
Let these facts be properly and fully set forth before the world, as they will be in the forthcoming work-let a correct view of "Missouri as it is in 1867”— redeemed, disenthralled-be published and widely circulated, and thousands of intelligent and industrious settlers will make their homes with us, bringing with them millions of capital, and energy and principles that shall inaugurate the new era in Missouri-that shall build up colleges and school-houses, manufactories, towns, and villages, and "make the wilderness to blossom as the rose."
We heartily congratulate the people of the State, that the work of producing this most desirable result, by the advocacy of the claims of our State, has been undertaken at this time, by one eminently competent to do the subject justice. Mr. Parker has done and is doing the State a noble work, unaided by public or private enterprise, and it is due him, and manifestly to the interest of the State, that his efforts should be sanctioned by the State, as far as consistent.-St. Louis Dispatch.