<Edition>[Selections. 1984] Writings. Library of America. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1984</Edition>
<p>1743 -- 1790
<p><i>With the Declaration of Independence</i> January 6,
<p>At the age of 77, I begin to make some memoranda and
state some recollections of dates & facts concerning
myself, for my own more ready reference & for the
information of my family.
<p>The tradition in my father's family was that their
ancestor came to this country from Wales, and from near the
mountain of Snowdon, the highest in Gr. Br. I noted once a
case from Wales in the law reports where a person of our
name was either pl. or def. and one of the same name was
Secretary to the Virginia company. These are the only
instances in which I have met with the name in that country. . . .