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With some of the wellstamped coin I purchased a few dozen of Madeira , and
when the noontide heat had abated , I quaffed the delicious liquor with the Major
and the Doctor under a tree in the garden . Major Howe , after carrying arms ...
The houses at Newark are generally shaded by clusters of trees . One of our
modern Tourists would devote probably a dozen pages to the description of
Newark , which is famed for the richest cider , and the largest cobler's stall in the
Tall trees of pine , planted by the hand of nature in regular rows , bordered the
road I travelled ; and I saw no other animals , but now and then a flock of deer ,
which ceasing awhile to browse , looked up at me with symptoms of wonder
I now redoubled my pace , not without the apprehension that I should have to
seek my lodgings in some tree , to avoid the beasts that prowled nightly in the
woods ; but the moon , which rose to direct me in my path , alleviated my
The elephant , however docile , would not travel without his dinner ; and Mr.
Owen halted under a pine - tree to feed the mute companion of his toils . For my
own part , I dined at a solitary loghouse in the woods , upon exquisite venison .
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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.