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It was sunset , and the roll of the spirit - stirring drum brought to my recollection
those scenes , that pomp , pride , and circumstance of glorious war , that makes
ambition virtue . * We moored our vessel to one of the wharfs , and I rejoiced to
... my condition , for I found a friend in a man , who , having himself been
unfortunate , could feel for another in adversity . A concurrence of circumstances
had brought me into the company of Mr. 17.
rence of circumstances had brought me into the company of Mr. Caritat , a
bookseller , who , being made acquainted with my situation , addressed me with
that warmth , which discovers a desire to be useful , rather than a wish to gratify ...
Hard is the hapless wand'rer's fate , Tho ' blest with magic power of song ;
Successive woes his steps await , Unheeded by the worldly throng , It was not
long before my advertisement brought me other applications . The principal of
An agreeable walk of ten miles , brought me to the bank of Ashley River , where I
breakfasted in a decent public - house , with the landlord and his family . That
man travels to no purpose who sits down alone to his meals ; for my part 1 love to
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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.