This is a list or Collection of Firms, being Foreign Ones, established in the City of Manchester as Merchants or exporters of goods, either on their own account, or through orders & commissions. Shewing when they were first established, also the gradual or Annual increase in their numbers, especially confined to Firms who shall occupy premises for such business purposes at the different Packing Establishments of the City or holding or renting premises on their own account, that is to say, having public places of Business. They commence about the Year 1784 and continue to the Year 1870.