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Captain Norman and I scrambled upon deck ; the steward , the steward alone ,
was undismayed ! He sat very composedly on a chest eating fat pork ! D - n that
fellow , cried the second mate . Stuf - . fing his gizzard when all hands are sick !
It is a fact , that for the first week of our passage the steward did not once
condescend to take the trouble to pull off his boots . They were Suwarrow boots ;
adorned with two tassels . Mr. Adams , the second mate , made the discovery .
The steward informed us he had been a soldier ; that he had fought the Maroons
at Jamaica . _ “ You impudent fellow , " cried the mate , “ ' tis well for you I am not
a soldier . If I was , I “ would knock you as far with one blow , as it “ would take a ...
Steward . How many more times will you call I vish I vas ashore . Chief - mate .-- I
say , Mr. Steward ; if you don't bear a hand upon deck , I'll come down and rope's
end you , you miserable fellow , till I can't find you . Sleward . I am coming , Sir .
During 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, and 1802 John Davis. 66 Go fell upon the ship's
deck , and was picked up by the steward . “ I will keep this flying fish , ” cried the
steward , “ for Sir Hans Sloane . Sir Hans “ Sloane is a great friend of my father .
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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.