The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777

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The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777


Martha Washington


Nicholas Cresswell


Kennikat Press




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Cresswell, Nicholas. The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1968.

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“News that our Army has surprised Washington and taken him prisoner. Afraid it is too good to be authentic. His great caution will always prevent him being made a prisoner to our inactive General [Howe]….Before the expiration of the War [French & Indian] he [Washington] married a Mrs. Custis, a widow lady, with whom he had a very good fortune. By her entreaties he left the Army, in which he never gained any great esteem by his own country Officers or men….His House is at a place called Mount Vernon…where he has a very fine Plantation and Farm…He keeps an excellent table and a stranger, let him be of what Country or nation, he will always meet with a most hospitable reception at it. His entertainments were always conducted with the most regularity and in the genteelest manner of any I ever was at on the Continent (and I have been at several of them, that is, before he was made

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Nicholas Cresswell, "The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777," in Martha Washington, Item #197, (accessed April 6, 2021).