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While contemporary writers were wandering in imagination with Ulysses and
Æneas , and growing giddy with the violence of poetical tempests , I was
performing a sailor's duty in a ship of nine hundred tons , and encountering the
gales of the ...
HAVING AVING formed the resolution of visiting the United States , I repaired ,
December 15 , 1797 , from Salisbury to Bristol , with a view of embarking on
board a Snow of two hundred tons , which lay at the Quay , and was bound to
To the roll of the vessel I was fully accustomed ; but my companions not having
gotten their sea legs on board , tumbled grievously about the decks . The library
which I had brouglit with me , consisted of nearly three hundred volumes , and ...
Will you undertake the task ? Will you translate the work for two hundred dollars ?
This is not the land of literature ; booksellers in this country are not the patrons of
authors , and therefore the remunerations for literary labour are not munificent .
The original was an octavo of four hundred pages , and every time I opened the
volume it seemed to increase in bulk ; but the golden dream of reputation fortified
my diligence , and I corrected the proof - sheets with lively sensibility .
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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.