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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,               
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