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OF

FOUR YEARS AND A HALF

IN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;

DURING' 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, and 1802.

DEDICATED BY PERMISSION TO

THOMAS JEFFERSON, Esq.

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

BY JOHN DAVIS.

Je ne connais sur la machine ronde
Rien que deux peuples differens :
Savoir les hommes bons, & les hommes mechants.

BEAUMARCHAIS.

LONDON:
SOLD BY T. OSTELL, AVE-MARIA-LANE, AND T. HURST,
PATER-NOSTER-ROW ; B. DUGDALE, AND J. JONES,

DUBLIN; AND H. CARITAT, NEW-YORK ;

FOR

R. EDWARDS, PRINTER, BROAD-STREET, BRISTOL,

1803.

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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, 1801.

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 systematize into a Volume, and to you I should be happy to be allowed the honour of dedicating them. The object of my speculations has been Human Nature; spe. culations that will lead the reader to the contemplation of his own manners, and enable him to compare his condition with that of other men.

In my uncertain peregrinations, I have entered with equal interest the mud-hut of the negro, and the log-house of the planter ; I have alike communed with the slave who wields the hoe, and the task-master who imposes his labour. My motto has been invariably, Homo sum! humani nihil a me alienum puto ; and after saying this, whatever I were to say more, would be idle declamation.

I am, SIR,

Your most obedient, most humble Servant,

JOHN DAVIS.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, Esq.
President of the United States

of America,
Monticello, Virginia.

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