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... sought for it in vain in England ; he " sent it me out of his own library , telling me
it was so scarce , that neither prayers nor price could purchase it : “ Besides ,
there are many of the most valuable Latin authors , " and a great number of
Ah ! I perceive you are a New England man , by giving the preference to Noah
Webster . Tutor . Sir , I beg your pardon ; I am from Old England . Planter . Well ,
no matter for that , -- but Mrs. H , who is an excellent speller , never makes this ...
He lamented the degeneracy of literature in England and America ; discovered
that taste was on the decline ; and despaired of ever beholding the spirit of that
age revived when writers sought not for new combinations of imagery , but were ...
... it fills the woods with its melancholy cry of Whip poor Will ! Whip poor Will ! I
remember to have seen mention made of this bird in a Latin poem , written. * Put
for awak'st . “ Slaves cannot breathe in England ! They touch our 80.
Of flowers , the jessamine and woodbine grow wild ; but the former differs widely
from that known by the same name in England , being of a straw colour , and
having large bells . Violets perfume the woods and roads with their fragrance .
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John Davis was a tutor, a novelist, poet a traveler and above all things a literary man. Very much a man of his time he frequently inserts Latin quotes into his text and makes frequent references to various personages in Greek mythology. Many modern readers will not understand these references unless they know Latin and are well versed in Greek Mythology. I found the book to be very read able and well written. I live close to or have visited many of the places he travel through, which, makes the book all the more interesting to me. He provides a glimpse of what the planter class was like, both, good and bad. He likewise provides a view into the lives of the enslaved. He worked as a tutor to provide most of his living. At one time he worked for Mr. Drayton who owned Drayton Manor on the Ashley River outside of Charleston South Carolina. You can visit Drayton Manor tour the building and see the magnificent gardens. He also inserts several poems he wrote into the book. His poetry is quite good. I think this work would be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about what life was like in American at the end of the 18th century. The Latin and references to Greek Mythology may hold some back but I think this book is worth 5 stars.