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Did you not steal my biscuit , sirrah ! ” said the parson . “ I did , Sir , ” answered
the fellow . “ And what , pray , can you say in defence of yourself ? ” Why , Sir , I
can say — that when I crossed the Line , Neptune made me swear I would never
... had seen the same species of animal , but of much greater maguitude .
Travelling , says Shakespeare , acquaints a man with strange bed - fellows ; and
there being only one bed in the log - house , I slept that night with the elephant -
I heard Colonel Pastell exclaim from the next tree , after discharging his piece ,
By heaven , that fellow “ is wounded , let us mount and follow him ," he cannot run
far . " I accompanied the venerable Colonel through the woods , and in a few ...
... wear no shirts , this is quickly effected ; and in a few moments a ragged fellow
is metamorphosed into a spruce footman . And woe to them should they neglect it
; for their master would think himself disgraced , and Sambo and Cuffy 89.
Whereas my waiting “ fellow , Will , having eloped from me last Saturday , without
any provocation , ( it being known " that I am a humane master ) the above
reward “ will be paid to any one who will lodge the “ aforesaid slave in some jail ,
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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.