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The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell

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Nicholas Cresswell was twenty-four years old when he left his birthplace of Edale, England to sail for Virginia, believing that "a person with a small fortune may live much better and make greater improvements in America than he can possibly do in England." From the time he left, sailing from Liverpool in 1774, until the time he returned, he kept a diary detailing his expe ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published January 31st 2007 by Applewood Books (first published 1968)
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Alicia
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read that gave a wonderful taste of what like was like during the revolution. I especially loved that it was from the perspective of a young English man attempting to navigate his way back to England after a failed attempt to discover if farming in the American colony was really all it was cracked up to be. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t thanks to the pesky war.

I love journals in general, but Cresswell’s was particularly enjoyable to read because he did a very good job at commentatin
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Melanie Elysia
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lol, I read this entire journal as a PDF on my computer as I was stressed/moving into my new apartment. It was really wonderful in transporting me away from the chaos. Albeit into a new chaos!
This journal really brings history alive. Nicholas is young (24), funny, and smart, and sometimes you forget that he lived ~250 years ago, his writing is so relatable! He is forward-thinking when it comes to slavery, and respect for the native americans, but unfortunately had Tory-ish tendencies towards the
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Leothefox
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The journal of an 18th century English guy who went to the colonies, witnessed the revolution, didn't like it, and had to go back home.

Being that this is not organized prose or done with any one intent, this is a strange read. We get the day to day of Cresswell's travels and random opinions. There's a lot of weird mystery, especially to a person reading 240 years later.

Cresswell swells with sympathy at the plights of slaves and the Native Americans, but writes off the colonists as “ingrates”
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