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He crosses the New Ferry , enters the ale - house on its bordercalls for pen and
ink - lugs out his enormous common - place book - awes the family into silence
by the profound wisdom of his looks — and solemnly sits down to fill a solemn ...
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
His looks beamed benignity , and his accents breathed kindness : but , as the
great Master of Life observes , there is no art can find the mind's construction in
the face . We had scarce landed on the opposite bank of the river , when a poor ...
It is among the children of adversity that we must look for resignation under
misfortune ; it is from the indigent only we can be instructed to bear calamities
without repining : Impressed with this conviction , I entered into discourse with the
Well , old man , said I , why don't you go out to look at the elephant ? Hie ! Massa
, he calf ! In fact the elephant came from Asia , and the negro from Africa , where
he had seen the same species of animal , but of much greater maguitude .
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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.