The Industries of Louisville, Kentucky, and of New Albany, Indiana (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from The Industries of Louisville, Kentucky, and of New Albany, Indiana
The usual purpose of a preface is to call attention to and apologize for shortcomings in the body of the work. We shall do neither, taking it for granted that the intelligent reader will discover and make allowances for whatever faults exist. We hope and believe they are few, and, like Midshipman Easy's nurse's baby, very little ones, and that therefore they will lie overlooked in the general excellence of the performance, which has been faithful and conscientious throughout.
Some difficulty has been encountered in obtaining statistical data with reference to certain branches of manufactures and commerce, and we have also met with some degree of indifference on the part of a few business men; but on the whole our venture has been well and cordially received, and we are under obligations for both moral and material aid at the bauds of the progressive class represented by such houses as the Merchants' National Bank, J. G. Mattingly & Sons, Bamberger, Bloom & Co., R. A. Robinson &c., the Lithgow Manufacturing Company, the Falls City Jeans and Woolen Company, John E. Green, Esq., president of the Board of Trade, D. Frantz & Sons, Meguiar, Helm & Co., W. H. Thomas & Son, Washington C. DePauw, and other leading establishments of Louisville and New Albany.
Everything possible has been done to present in inviting form the many and important advantages possessed by the two cities named as manufacturing, financial and commercial centers, as well as places of residence. The success that has attended our efforts in this behalf must be judged by the result as contained in these pages. If it shall prove that our labors eventually aid in bringing hither an augmented volume of enterprising immigration, and the increased development of Louisville and New Albany's resources, industries and general welfare, we shall feel amply repaid for the outlay of time, toil and money.
With renewed thanks to those who have so generously supported and patronized our venture, and the expression of a hope that prosperity may ever attend them, we herewith submit our volume to the criticism of an indulgent public.
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