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Though my mode of life has not been favourable to the cultivation of an elegant
style , yet in what relates to the structure of my sentences , I shall not fear
competis tion with those who have reposed from their youth under the shade of
Mr . George was neither composing the Mæonian Verse , the plaintive Elegy , nor
soothing Sonnet . In profane prose he was at dinner , and such was the
unclassical condi . tion of my appetite from a walk of fourteen miles , that a
welcome to a ...
... you have access to the libraries of “ Caritat , and of the city , and wander
through “ the shelves of literature with poetica licentia , “ I fear this letter will be
tedious ; but only writing to you , dear fellow , can make my situa“ tion
... through an age of revolution and reforma* tion . The wisdom of all our sages ,
and blood sé óf our heroes , have been devoted to their at" tainment : they should
be the creed of our political faith , the text of civic instruction , the " touchstone by
Does not his description of the junc" tion of the Shenandoah with the Potomac ,
discover an elevated imagination ? But was one of my " countrymen to describe
the Natural Bridge ( a huge mass of rock ) “ springing , as it were , up to beaven ...
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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.