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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
The landlord of the tavern was a portly man , who in the middle of the day .was
dressed in a loose night - gown and mocossins ; * he recognised the Doctor ,
whom he shook heartily by the hand , and turning to a man in company said , “
We went forward in the cool ; nor did my friend hesitate to pay his club towards
two dollars for our repast : it was high , the Doctor whispered , but continued he ,
when a man's consequence is known at a tavern it always inflames the bill .
It costs no more to go to a good tavern than a bad one ; and I removed my trunks ,
which I found at the Stage - office , to the French Hotel in the same street . Mr.
Pecquet received me with a bowing mien , and called Jeannette for the ...
... to a sepulchre for the inhabitants . The courts of law were shut , and no subtile
lawyer could obtain a client ; the door of the tavern was closed , and the drunkard
was without strength to lift the bowl to his lips : no theatre invited the idle to.
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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.