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Excerpt from Auld Acquaintance The tales recorded in this volume are, as they purport to be, the real reminiscences of a family, of which Roger Buckram was the most illustrious member. He was called to the bar in the early part of last century. His great-uncle was also a barrister of the same Inn with himself, the Middle Temple. There are two or three stories, those, for instance, relating to Queen Elizabeth and Bunyan, which should be called Traditions of the family rather than reminiscences; no one, of course, remembered his ancestor, Mr. Sergeant Harris, who was sent for by the Queen, but I have a very excellent Ms. note of that visit, as the reader will see by the use I have made of it. All the characters in this volume were real; the people were not fictitious, but lived, and were either known to or known of by the writer. I remember, when almost in my boyhood, going into the barber's shop with Uncle Roger, who was then an old man, and his showing me...

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