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... and shewing all our can- • vass to the breeze . The old housekeeper , the very
type of Dame Leonarda in Gil Blas , was the first among the passengers that
began to hold up her head ; and the fourth day of our voyage she murdered an
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... calling out with a joyful tone of voice , “ Whoa ! hoa ! hoa ! a rat ! a rat ! ” The two
Brothers was a miserably sailing tub , and her passage a most tedious one .
Head winds constantly prevailed , and scarcely a week elapsed without our lying
... in a voluntary death . The reply to the letter in which Ferdinand desires to die
with this unhappy girl , is an injunction to break without delay his unicn with
visible nature ; to rush before his 66 Maker “ with all his imperfections on his head
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66 Maker “ with all his imperfections on his head . " It goes further ; it proposes to
add the crime of murder to that of suicide . “ But why recal your resolution
because of “ the child of my womb ? Let it not see the light “ of a world that has
It was difficult to refrain from laughing aloud ; but the speech of the landlord
inspired the Doctor with very different emotions : he made an inclination of his
head , adjusted his spectacles , and assumed a profound look that assented to
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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.