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ner, second son to James Gardiner of Banbury (whom
I recollect very well as a friend of my father s and visitor
to our family in my boy-days: he gave me a map of Oxford-
shire, which I possess now) and to his house.   He is a sur-
veyor, but does little at his business, having money out at good
interest   indeed he once owned the farm Martin now occu-
pies, 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 ser-
vant, I think in the family of her husbands father,   he mar-
ried 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 and Bessy
who were made much of at our house.    Gardiner had a
great respect and liking for my mother, and was, everyway,
a superior man.     Some row or misunderstanding of his,
wife s originating broke off the intimacy between the families,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Regarding the Gardiner family.
Subject:Gardner, Bessy; Gardner, James; Gardner, Kate; Gardner, Mrs.; Gardner, Peter; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario]; London, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.