Both Uses of
The Devil and Tom Walker
- The one on which he had been seated, and which had evidently just been hewn down, bore the name of Crowninshield; and he recollected a mighty rich man of that name, who made a vulgar display of wealth, which it was whispered he had acquired by buccaneering.†
- Tom recollected the tree which his black friend had just hewn down, and which was ready for burning.†
(recollect) to remember -- especially experiences from long agoeditor's notes: Synonym Comparison (if you're into word choice):
Relative to its synonyms, recollect brings to mind a leisurely piecing together of distant memories. It may be used in a less formal manner than remember and is almost always less formal than recall.