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... fear competition with Pope ' s Ode on Solitude . At this moment the eldest
daughter of this learned lady , of this unsexed female , tripped into the room on
light , fantastic toe . Come , my daughter , said the lady , let this gentleman hear
daughter , said the lady , let this gentleman hear you repeat the Ode on Solitude ,
Excuse me , Madam , cried I , taking up my hat and bowing . Do hear the child ,
bawled Mr. H. I pray you Sir to excuse me , rejoined I. Mrs. H. It will not take the ...
It is not unusual to hear an elegant lady say , Richard always grieves when
Quasheebaw is whipped , because she suckled bim ! If Rousseau in his Emile
could inveigh against the French mother , who consigned her child to a woman of
... the branching hind Hears the tall cypress murmur to the wind . All now
unknown , if here this space of dust Enclose the ashes of the base or just ; Nor
wept by friendship , nor enroll'd by fame , Without a tomb , and e'en without a
... I love to roam , Where elves and fairies tread the dewy green , While the clear
moon , beneath the azure dome , Sheds a soft lustre o'er the sylvan scene , And
hear thee tell thy moving tale of woe , To the bright Empress of the Silver Bow .
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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.