Posted by John W on May 16, 1998 at 00:49:32:
In response to Details, written by Caroline on May 15, 1998 at 16:45:45
Gracechurch St was mainly a centre of financial operations, and Mr gardiner could have been a broker, insurance-man or even a banker,but for the mentionof warehouses. Confusingly, warehouses at the time could have been either wholesale or retail, but he is mentioned as being 'within sight of' them , so they were not combined with his home as wwas customary even slightly earlier. So I think the slender evidence is in favour of a trader in imported and exported goods, possibly combined with financial activities, like the Rothschilds at approximately the same time, who combined trading in textiles with the initial stages of their banking and broking business. Incidentally, the smuggling was illegal only in Napoleon's eyes, who passed the Berlin Decrees in an attempt to ruin the economy of Britain. However, the Continent needed Britain more than Britain needed the Continent at the time.
- That printing reference... Helen 10:42:57 5/16/98 (2)
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