Excerpt from Constitution and by-Laws of the Saint Louis Mercantile Library Association: Originally Adopted 1846 Whereas, An Association has heretofore been formed in the City of St. Louis called the St. Louis Mercantile Library Associa tion, the object of which is the establishment of a Library and Reading Room, the collection of a scientific cabinet and appa ratus, and of works of art, and for other literary and scientific purposes; w, therefore, in order to encourage and promote the above declared objects of said Association, Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri as follows. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.