, N. H. built at the Amoskeag Falls
, in the Merrimack river
, is one of the cities of New England
which have had a marvellous growth, rising from feebleness and insignificance to places of great business and industrial importance in a few years.
In 1840, Manchester
had a population of 3,223; in 1850, 13,392; in 1854, 19,897, and in 1860 about 25,000.
Its growth began in 1838, at which time there were, within the limits of the city proper, not more than fifty inhabitants.
The capital stock of the manufacturing companies is $6,840,000, which run 6,154 looms and 229,132 spindles.
Number of female operatives 4,870; male operatives 2,490; consumption of cotton per week 385,000 lbs; of wool 30,000 lbs.; yards made per week 1,133,500; yards printed per annum 17,500,000; 2,300,000 seamless bags per annum are woven here.
The monthly pay roll is $139,200.