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... a negro man and boy . While breakfast was preparing , I ascended , with my
companions , the light house , which stood on the point of the Hook . It was lofty ,
and well furnished with lamps . On viewing the land round the dwelling of our
Let it not see the light “ of a world that has nothing but misery for its portion ; come
to me this night ! Bring with “ thee poison ! Bring with thee pistols ! ` And 66 when
the clock strikes twelve we'll both become « immortal ! " From this it is plain that ...
WHERE wand'ring ghosts their vigils keep at night , And dance terrific by the
moon's pale light ; Where gloomy yews their sable branches wave , And cast their
shadow o'er the rising grave , Together rest in death's profound repose These ...
... when he was four years old . It need scarcely 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
LITTLE guest , with merry throat , That chirpest by my taper's light , Come ,
prolong thy blithsome note , Welcome visitant of night . Here enjoy a calm retreat ,
In my chimney safely dwell , No rude hand thy haunt shall beat , Or chase thee
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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.