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... the reader will find himself exempt from various persecutions . 4. In treating
common subjects , I do not accumulate. 1 . I make no mention of my dinner ,
whether it was fish or flesh , boiled or roasted , hot or cold . 2 . I never complain of
Hence there was never any occasion for us to have recourse to the caboose ; but
, on the contrary , when the frequent gales of wind which we experienced caused
the sea to break over the vessel , the cabin - boy solicited leave to dress his ...
lumes , and would have endeared me to any place . The Muses , whom I never
ceased to woo , blessed me , I thought , not infrequently , with their nightly
visitations ; and I soothed my mind to tranquillity with the fancied harmony of my
... circulated that the rats had left the vessel when in harbour , Coster Pearman
concluded that they had done it by instinct ; and , as an opinion prevails among
sailors that a ship , on such an event , never gets safe to her port of destination ...
Did you not steal my biscuit , sirrah ! ” said the parson . “ I did , Sir , ” answered
the fellow . “ And what , pray , can you say in defence of yourself ? ” Why , Sir , I
can say — that when I crossed the Line , Neptune made me swear I would never
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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.