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TO THOMAS JEFFERSON , Esq . PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA ; THIS VOLUME IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED , BY HIS OBEDIENT
, HUMBLE SERVANT , THE AUTHOR . BANKS OF THE OccoQUAN , August 31 ...
SIR , IN frequent journeyings through your country , I have made remarks on the
character , the customs and manners of the people ; these remarks I purpose to
sys . tematize into a Volume , and to you I should be happy to be allowed the ...
We are seldom relieved from the langour of indifference , or the satiety of disgust ;
but in toiling through volumes of diffusive mediocrity , the reader commonly
terminates his career by falling asleep with the writer . In comparing this Volume
In treating common subjects , I do not accumulate magnificent epithets , and lose
myself in figures , That this Volume will regale curiosity while man continues to be
influenced by his senses and affections , I have very little doubt . It will be ...
To the roll of the vessel I was fully accustomed ; but my companions not having
gotten their sea legs on board , tumbled grievously about the decks . The library
which I had brouglit with me , consisted of nearly three hundred volumes , and ...
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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.