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The object of my speculations has been Human Nature ; spe . culations that will
lead the reader to the contemplation of his own manners , and enable him to
compare his condition with that of other men . In my uncertain peregrinations , I
... and Kotzebue who is still holding the mirror up to nature , There are some who
would conceal the situation to which my exigencies reduced me in America ; but I
should blush to be guilty of such ridiculous pride ; and let the insolence of those ...
--Midnight Lucubrations — Sketches of Natural History - Deer- Hunting—
Remarks on Slaves and Slavery — Militia of Coosobatchie District A School
Groupe - A Journey into Georgia , 67 102 AV CHAP IV . Picture of a Family
... and seek an oblivion also of his own woes in a voluntary death . The reply to
the letter in which Ferdinand desires to die with this unhappy girl , is an injunction
to break without delay his unicn with visible nature ; to rush before his 66 Maker ...
... an English Tourist with an admirable plate . To such Tourists I consign Newark
, and other places on the road , which the Traveller beholds and dismisses from
his mind with frigid indifference . Shame on our nature . Beasts live in con . 34.
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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.