A Guide to the Nicholas Cresswell Journal, 1774-1824 Cresswell, Nicholas, Journal, 1774-1824 MS 61.2

A Guide to the Nicholas Cresswell Journal, 1774-1824

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John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 61.2


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 62.1
Title
Nicholas Cresswell Journal, 1774-1824.
Extent
4 v.
Creator
Nicholas Creswell;1750-1804.
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Nicholas Cresswell Journal, Manuscript MS 61.2, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1961.

Alternative Form

Also available on microfilm (M-1556). Also available as a published work: The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777.


Biographical/Historical Information

Nicholas Cresswell (1751-1804), of Derbyshire, England, came to America hoping to acquire land and settle permanently, but personal difficulties, the uncertain state of affairs, and the Revolutionary War, caused him to return to England.

Scope and Content Information

Journal made from rough notes taken during Creswell's trip to America, 1774-1777. While traveling, he visited or lived in Barbados, Maryland, Virginia, western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Philadelphia, and New York. Often, there are lengthy observations on the towns he visited, frontier techniques and customs, and the social customs of both Indians and whites. The journal is especially valuable for detailing the growth of the Revolutionary movement. Among the many people mentioned are Capt. Buddecomb, Capt. George Clark, Capt. [Christopher] Gist, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Neville, and George Rice.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Buddecomb, Captain.
  • Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818.
  • Cresswell, Nicholas, 1750-1804.
  • Gist, Christopher.
  • Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799.
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
  • Neville, John, 1731-1803.
  • Rice, George.
  • Subjects:

  • Frontier and pioneer life.
  • Indians of North America--Social life and customs--18th century.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Barbados--Description and travel.
  • Kentucky--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • Maryland--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • New York (State)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • Pennsylvania--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • United States-- History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
  • Virginia--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Buddecomb, Captain.
  • Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818.
  • Cresswell, Nicholas, 1750-1804.
  • Gist, Christopher.
  • Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799.
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
  • Neville, John, 1731-1803.
  • Nicholas Creswell;1750-1804.
  • Rice, George.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Barbados--Description and travel.
  • Kentucky--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • Maryland--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • New York (State)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • Pennsylvania--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
  • United States-- History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
  • Virginia--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.