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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 ...
... of June it was ushered into the literary world amidst the acclamations of the
Democrats , and the revilings of the Federalists . This was to me extraordinary ,
for I had professed myself of neither party , but declared my intention never to
The slave of no party , and unbiassed by personal affections , my portrait shall be
free as it is unprejudiced . To a genius of singular perspicacity , Mr. Burr joins the
most bland and conciliating manners . With a versatility of powers , of which ...
In the Charleston coach came a party of comedians . Of these itinerant heroes the
greater part were my countrymen ; and , as I was not travelling to see Englishmen
, but Americans , I was not sorry when they retired to bed . I was in a worse ...
The woods abound with deer , the hunting of which forms the chief diversion of
the Planters . I never failed to accompany my neighbours in their parties , but I
cannot say that I derived much pleasure from standing several hours behind a
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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.