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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 ...
Should you in your journeyings have been led to remark on the same objects on
which I gave crude notes some years ago , I shall be happy to see them
confirmed op corrected by a more accurate observer . I pray you to accept the
This reply of the sailor was so happy and unexpected , that to remain grave
exceeded all powers of face . The roar of the sea was lost in the combined
laughter that arose from the Captain , passengers , and ship's company . Farmer
I should be happy to serve you , but I have not the hypocrisy to pretend that my
offers of service are disinter . ested : interest blends itself with all human actions ,
and you , sir , have it in your power to be useful to me ; I know you are skilled in ...
... signum terroris et memoriæ to other purse - proud planters . I write not from
personal pique , but a desire to benefit society . Happy shall I think myself should
this page hold the mirror up to the inflation of pride , and insolence of prosperity .
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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.