Ferslew, W. C. L. E. (ed.) / Rock County gazetteer, directory and business advertiser, for 1857-8: containing a full directory of the cities of Janesville and Beloit, and a list of the property holders in the rural districts
Wis PREFATORY. In handing you this Directory of Rook County, we beg leave to say a few words about Directories in general, and this one in particular. The man who isso unreasonable as to require perfection in a work of this character, is, we hare learned by experience, the very one least ready to afford the information he claims as being wanted- the man who is most loud In his condemnation, and whose opinions and statements we care the least about. A mathematical certainty cannot be reached In a Directory, or any other printed book. No 'ork has ever yet appeared, in any languag free fom typographical errors; but we assure our pations that we have taken all possible pains to make it as correct as possible, and we claim that no directory was ever published In the United States, containing less eros than th. Our, Gazetteer part is not so complete as we zpeted, we dgpended upon an old citisen of your County hr that pa of our work 1 but first, illness, and later, business matters has prevented him fom full his engagements to us. On account of the hard times the business m of this County have been rather backward in advertising, which is the main support of this kind of wrk. To those who have supported this work, (their name will be found in capita*) we return our sinceie thank. With thes brief remarks, hoping a kind lbrbearance, the Rocx Coum Drnacrzoa is confidently committed to the current of public hvc. THE PUBLISHERS Janesille, October, 1857.
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