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During 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, and 1802 John Davis. pos Bickerscill Mr March
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During 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, and 1802 John Davis. 1 1 TRAVELS OF FOUR
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TRAVELS OF FOUR YEARS AND A HALF IN THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA ; DURING 1798 , 1799 , 1800 , 1801 , and 1802 . DEDICATED BY
PERMISSION TO THOMAS JEFFERSON , Ese . PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
... see them confirmed op corrected by a more accurate observer . I pray you to
accept the assurances of my respect and consideration . THE JEFFERSON , MR .
DAVIS , Occoquan , Virginia , PRE FACE . ING employed four years and a half viii
ING employed four years and a half in travelling through the Southern States of
North America , I was about to return home content with regulating imagination by
reality , when the accidental perusal of those Travellers who had journeyed over
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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.