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Picture of a Family travelling through the Woods Terror inspired by two Snakes ,
and the Gallantry of an American Boy -- Residence at Ashley River - Removal to
Sullivan's Island Literary Projects — Anecdotes of Goldsmith — A Journey on ...
The Captain had purposed to sail the 20th of the same month , but it was not
before January 7th of the new year , that the vessel moved from the wharf , when
the spring - tide enabled her to proceed down the river . For my passage , which
Having crossed the Hudson , which separates York - Island from the shore of the
Jerseys , we were landed at a Tavern * delightfully situated on the bank of the
river , The Doctor having once reduced a fractured leg for the landlord , proposed
We had scarce landed on the opposite bank of the river , when a poor cripple in a
soldier's jacket , advanced towards the Quaker , holding both his crutches in one
hand , and taking half a hat from his head with the other : -Bestow your charity ...
The vessel having hauled out into the stream , we weighed with a fair wind , and
shaped our course down the serpentine , but beautiful river of the Delaware . Our
cabin was elegant , and the fare delicious . I observed the Doctor's eyes ...
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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.