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... pay the tribute of praise to certain easy poems which have appeared in the
Charleston “ Gazette , and which instead of being dated “ from Parnassus , or
Helicon , or at least from some town of our Union , appear to originate “ in an
How very few appear The garb of truth to wear , But with a borrow'd voice ,
conceal a heart of strife . Sure then , with wisdom fraught , Thou art by nature
taught , Dissembled joy in others to deride ; And when the mournful heart
Assumes a ...
It appears to me that in Carolina , the simplicity of the first colonists is obliterated ,
and that the present inhabitants strive to exceed each other in the vanities of life .
Slight circumstances often mark the manners of a people . In the opulent ...
... midst appear'd , And next the bridegroom , but without a beard ; For not as yet
for wisdom was he famid , Nor had his chin his manhood yet proclaim'd . Soon as
the Priest had join'd them hand in hand , At signal giv'n arose the tuneful band ...
... and the carol of the birds , the bloom of the meads , and the vernal softness of
the breeze , lost all impression on a vigorous mind reduced to dependance . •
Vide Virgil , Eclogue I. Some symptoms of the yellow fever appearing in New -
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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.