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Description of Occoquan Settlement - Evening at Occoquan , an Ode — Morning
at Occoquan , an Ode- A Party of Indians visit Occoquan — Speech of a Warrior -
A War - Dance , and Scene of riotous Intoxication — A Disquisition of the moral ...
The wind subsiding , we let go our anchor , and the next morning , at an carly
hour , I accompanied the Captain and two of the cabin passengers on shorc . It
was Sunday , March 18th . On the parched spot , yery properly called Sandy
The morning passed away not unpleasantly . The vivacity of the Captain
enlivened our breakfast , which was prolonged nearly till noon ; nor do I think we
should have then risen from table , had not the Mate , who was left in charge of
the snow ...
The first night the man at the helm fell asleep , and the tide hove the vessel into a
corn - field , opposite Wilmington ; so that when we went upon deck in the
morning , we found our situation quite pastoral . We floated again with the flood -
Nothing very remarkable happened in our passage , unless it be worthy of record
that one morning the captain suffered his fears to get the better of his reason ,
and mistook a Virginia ' sloop for a French privateer ; and another day the mate ...
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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.