Cresswell was the son of a sheep farmer at Edale, Derbyshire, a man who, apparently, tried to educate local children in his barn. Nicholas Cresswell worked with his father until 1774, when he left seeking adventure in the United States. He kept a diary during his journey, which tells of trade with native Americans and being caught up in the War of Independence. Thereafter, he returned to England, married in 1781, and settled down as a farmer.
Journal entry dates 1774-1777.
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