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The sailors made the fowls into an huge sea - pye of three decks , which they
called the United States Man of War , and fed on it eagerly . There was a carter in
the vessel , who came on board to work his passage ; but he did very little work .
On the parched spot , yery properly called Sandy Hook , we found only one
human babitation , which was a public house . The family consisted of an old
woman , wife to the landlord , two young girls of homely appearance , a negro
man and ...
... be called School - master by the children , and Cool Mossa by the negroes ?
No. Then you will not do for a private Tutor . Can you comply with the humility of
giving only one rap at the door that the family may distinguish it is the Private
I could hardly conceal my transports ; and hugging the volume to my breast I
danced home to my lodgings . I lodged with a young man , who called himself a
Physician , in Ferry - strect , a melancholy alley impervious to the sun . Doctor de
There have been several cases of fever to which I was called . And the patients
were right , said Mr. Clinch , for they could not have called a better Doctor had
they sent over the four quarters of the globe for him . Well , it is true , God sends
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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.