—B. DEAR SON: I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors.
This anecdote I had from my uncle Benjamin.
The notes one of my uncles (who had the same kind of curiosity in collecting family anecdotes) once put into my hands, furnished me with several particulars relating to our ancestors.
He told me the following anecdote of his old master, William Penn, respecting defense.
Thus far was written with the intention express’d in the beginning and therefore contains several little family anecdotes of no importance to others.
She was a widow, an elderly woman; had been bred a Protestant, being a clergyman’s daughter, but was converted to the Catholic religion by her husband, whose memory she much revered; had lived much among people of distinction, and knew a thousand anecdotes of them as far back as the times of Charles the Second.
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Her autobiography is sprinkled with amusing anecdotes.
She is good at making a point in an interesting and memorable way with an anecdote.