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TO THOMAS JEFFERSON , Esq . PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA ; THIS VOLUME IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED , BY HIS OBEDIENT
, HUMBLE SERVANT , THE AUTHOR . BANKS OF THE OccoQUAN , August 31 ...
BANKS OF THE OccoQUAN , August 31 , 1801 . SIR , IN frequent journeyings
through your country , I have made remarks on the character , the customs and
manners of the people ; these remarks I purpose to sys . tematize into a Volume ,
... I shall be happy to see them confirmed op corrected by a more accurate
observer . I pray you to accept the assurances of my respect and consideration .
THE JEFFERSON , MR . DAVIS , Occoquan , Virginia , PRE FACE . ING
employed four ...
Description of Occoquan Settlement - Evening at Occoquan , an Ode — Morning
at Occoquan , an Ode- A Party of Indians visit Occoquan — Speech of a Warrior -
A War - Dance , and Scene of riotous Intoxication — A Disquisition of the moral ...
... Coosokatcbie , and Occoquan , have pictured to my fancy the havoc of time ,
the decay and succession of generations , together with the final extirpation of
savage nations , who , unconscious of the existence of another people , dreamt
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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.