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I behold the concluding page of the one with the same eye of sorrow , that the
Traveller in the woods of America casts upon the sun's departing ray ; but the
other is task - reading , and , in perusing it , I consult more the taste of the public ,
Behold the Welch Tourist ! He crosses the New Ferry , enters the ale - house on
its bordercalls for pen and ink - lugs out his enormous common - place book -
awes the family into silence by the profound wisdom of his looks — and solemnly
I have left a church filled with them on the shore of Albion that have a prior claim
to such feeling . But I here behold the portrait of a man whom I consider so great
a benefactor to Literature , that he is scarcely less illustrious than its ...
to his lips : no theatre invited the idle to behold the mimic monarch strut his hour
upon the stage ; the dice lay neglected on the gaming - table , nor did the
dancing - room re - echo with the steps of the dancer : man was now humbled !
Madam , your most obedient . Miss , your very obsequious . Sir , your humble
servant . * My walk back to Charleston was along the shore of the Allantic , whose
waves naturally associated the idea of a home I despaired ever again to behold .
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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.