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... daylight , when the landlord came down ; and , not long after , a servant was
announced with horses , to conduct me to the house of Mr. Drayton . An hour's
ride through a forest of stately pines , brought me to the plantation , where I was ...
The solitude of the woods I found at first rather dreary ; but the polite attention of
an elegant family , a sparkling fire in my room every night , and a horse always at
my command , reconciled me to my situation ; and my impulse to sacrifice to the ...
When I first beheld a fine lady drawn by four horses through the woods of
Carolina in her coach , and a train of servants following the vehicle , clad in a
magnificent livery , I looked up with sorrow at that luxury and refinement , which
This mode of hunting , is , perhaps , not geneOn riding to a convenient spot in the
woods , the hunters dismount , take their stands at certain distances , hitch their
horses to a tree , and prepare their guns , —while a couple of negroes lead the ...
Cotton in Carolina , and horse - racing in Virginia , are the prevailing topics of
conversation : these reduce every understanding to a level , and to these
Americans return from the ebullitions of the humourist , as the eye weary of
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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.