4 January 1832 from Rockland, Maryland – Samuel McCulloh to Sarah B. McCulloh
Background: Sarah’s address was 214 Spruce St., which means they are still living in her father’s house.
My Dear Sister,
It is with the greatest pleasure I inform you that I have just received remittance from my professional agent in the Western County, who has been ever since my visit to New Orleans in 1826, entrusted with the collection of debt in the country, assigned to me. At the period we sustained so heavy a loss by the unfortunate failure of our brother James and which I am sorry to say will not yield an inconsequence of a variety of adverse circumstances, anything near what was expected at the time of its assessment.
I am happy, however, in being able to appraise you that I shall in the ___ of the month, forward to our dear mother $500 and a like sum to yourself as well as to each of our sisters, Margaret, Isabella, Eleanor & Ann. This distribution, I flatter myself, will meet the approbation of all the past interest due. Be that as it may, I at least feel it to be my duty so to apportion it for the reason that neither you or the others named have received any part of the estate and which a ___ of calamitous circumstances beyond our control have thus long kept out of our possession. Not having time at present to write each individually, must beg the favor of you to make my apology for the remission and request that you will at the same time communicate to each and all of them the for going interesting intelligence. Should our sister Isabella not be in Philad when this reaches you, I shall be obliged by your consigning to her as early as your convenience will permit the pre part of this letter.
Being now for some time past too much of an invalid to be able to take exercise on horseback with comfort myself and the extreme severity of the season cooperating, confining me to my farm. So soon however as I can with safety leave home to make the necessary arrangements for carrying into effect the message herein described, it is my intention to consummate them.
My family have as yet been exempt from the prevailing complaints of the season and both wife and daughter unite with me in the request that you will present our love and kind regards to Mother, etc, etc, etc and accept from them & myself assurances of our most sincere affection
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 431, 432