He hated to have to explain the points of his anecdotes, as, indeed, what story-teller does not?
These anecdotes have been related as proof that Dunmore desired Lewis beaten.
Your anecdotes from Ad-Damiry and your quotations from Montaigne shall not help you.
Do you think the porter and the cook have no anecdotes, no experiences, no wonders for you?
His courtesy, his smartness, ...