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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 214, October 4, 1858

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Identifier: DX03582079

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 214, October 4, 1858

Description: Regarding the Gardiner family.


[Peter Gardi]ner, second son to James Gardiner of Banbury (whom I recollect very well as a friend of my father [Samuel Gunn]’s and visitor to our family in my boy-days: he gave me a map of Oxfordshire, which I possess now) and to his house. He is a surveyor, but does little at his business, having money out at good interest — indeed he once owned the farm [Joseph] Martin now occupies, having sold it to him. His father was a man of intelligence and ability, travelled in America and Canada some twenty or thirty years ago, and invented a turnip-cutting machine which is still a valuable patent in England, though it has passed out of the Gardiner family. The eldest son still carries on the iron-mongery business in old Banbury. This one went to sea, then turned surveyor, got a good lump of money for his inheritance and came to Canada. I remember their mother as one of our visitors in John St, Tottenham Ct Rd, when I wore pinafores or but little later. She was a vulgar woman, had been a servant, I think in the family of her husbands father, — he married her as a conscientious reparation of what couldn’t have been a very great wrong. I recollect she always had oysters for supper at our house, being prodigiously fond of them; and once, looking out of window into the London street, she asked my father the name and history of a chance passer-by! On crossing the Thames, too, she cried out in admiration at the large canal and said something about not being able to see the locks on it! She had two daughters Kate [Gardner] and Bessy [Gardner] who were made much of at our house. Gardiner had a great respect and liking for my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], and was, everyway, a superior man. Some row or misunderstanding of his, wife’s originating broke off the intimacy between the families,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-04

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Inventions


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