Posted by John W on May 13, 1998 at 23:29:54:
In response to Time to check references, written by ValR on May 13, 1998 at 22:36:22
Mr Gardiner was a London merchant, not a manufacturer, and his location would indicate that he was in one or more of the London entrepot trades. These were many, but textiles, spices, exotic timbers or other tropical products might be indicated. At this period the Continental System intended by Napoleon to exclude Britain from Europe was in force, so one might speculate thet he was in the lucrative business of smuggling British goods into Europe! It is said that Napoleons soldiers marched on Russia in British overcoats on British boots, the smuggling was on an heroic scale.
- Details Caroline 16:45:45 5/15/98 (4)
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