"one of the Inspectors, whom I should be most ungrateful not to mention; since scarcely a day passed that he did not stir me to laughter and admiration by his marvelous gifts as a story-teller"

This gifted raconteur is Stephen Burchmore (1782-1850), brother to the “prompt, acute, clear-minded” Zachariah whom Hawthorne mentions earlier. A naval captain, Hawthorne describes him in his notebooks as “an unconscionable spinner of long yarns and traveller’s tales” (p. 690).