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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 , and to you I should be happy to be allowed the ...
... and Scene of riotous Intoxication — A Disquisition of the moral Character of the
Indians — Story of Captain Smith and Pocahontas — The Dispute between
Buffon and Jefferson on the Subject of Beards satisfactorily decided — The
No. Then you will not do for a private Tutor . It is not your Latin and Greek , but
your hand - writing and cyphering , that will decide your character . Penmanship ,
and the figures of arithmetic , will recommend you more than logic and the figures
My translation introduced me to the acquaintance of some distinguished
characters in NewYork , and among others that ... I have seen in his social hour ;
and of whose political character I am perhaps enabled to give the prominent
... and appreciating the merits of individual members . But it is certain , from the
lead he took in some of its most important transactions , and from the deference
shewn his opinions by his senatorial colleagues , that the character for ability ...
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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.