Western Lands – 8

24 May 1836 – John Claypoole

John Claypoole wrote wanting to buy land.  Also Tho Fenly.  Many letters requesting sale of lands on Allegany River.


2 August 1836 – Samuel McCulloh to William McCloud

The payments to ___ interest from the time purchase to be second by July.  Price offered by you is less than I am willing to take.  Tract 293.


28 October 1837 – John Gilpin

Wants to buy land near river.  Samuel McCulloh replies – higher estimate than you are willing to give.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 67, 70, 94, 96


Brotherly Wrangling – 5

29 August 1834 – Sarah B. McCulloh to James W. McCulloh

Dear Brother,

Mama addressed a letter to you on the 5th of this month consulting you professionally as to the proper course to be pursued in order to bring about a settlement with our Brother Saml of the affairs of our deceased father’s estate of which he was executor.  That letter was written conformity with the views of all the heirs of the estate residing here and I write this to you at the request of Sisters Margaret, Isabella, Ann & Eleanor in order that you may be appraised that in any measures you may deem it expedient to pursue you have our entire concurrence.

I am affectionately your sister, Sarah B. Mcculloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 498

Western Lands – 7

26 March 1833 from William Johnston to Samuel McCulloh

Dear Sir,

Having ascertained that you are the owner of a tract of land lying on the Allegany nearly opposite the town of Kinanning and being desirous to purchase the same in the event you having the ___ and wish to sell, I have taken the liberty to address you on the subject.

If you will sell upon what terms – payments, etc.  If you do not wish to sell, I would cheerfully become your agent for all your lands in this country, pay the taxes and have the property attended to for the rents or any other reasonable compensation.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 456

Western Lands – 6

24 January 1832 from Philadelphia – Margaret McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I this afternoon received your letter of yesterday enclosing a check on the Bank of Penn. for three thousand dollars, which Dr. Green has endorsed and I intend sending it to the bank tomorrow.  And when I receive the money shall immediately pay it over as you request to Mother, Sarah & Ellen.  Ann is in Princeton with Isabel.  I will send theirs as soon as they tell me how to do it.  And when I get their receipts they shall be forwarded with ours to you.

When your former letter on this welcome business reached us, Sarah was out of town helping to nurse Le lit, the favorite Anna Neil who has been extremely ill.  And since her return we have been daily expecting to hear again from you.  Sarah means to write but perhaps will now wait till we send the receipts.

We are all well.  Mary & Richard are busy and happy.  I think they are making good progress in their studies. Chemistry seems to be Richard’s favorite one at present.  We have not heard very lately from Samuel.  His last letter was to Uncle Dr. G which I shall answer for him as soon as I can say definitely when the commencement of Jef. Med. College will take place and when Samuel ought to be here, at which time we all hope to have a visit from Ann Eliza if Father & Mother will consent.

My love and best wishes to you all. Please tell Ann Eliza I got her letter many weeks ago and would now offer an apology for not having answered it if I thought she had not long since made one for me in her own mind.

Yours truly & aff, Sister Marg McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 440, 441

Western Lands – 5

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

Sam McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 431, 432

Family Happenings – 13

28 August 1828 from Princeton, New Jersey – Isabella McCulloh Green to Samuel McCulloh

Background:  Isabella McCulloh was married to James Sprout Green.

No doubt my dear brother will be much surprised on the receipt of a letter from me, but I have a particular favor to ask of you.  It is simply that you will gratify us by a visit from Ann Elisa.  We wish very much to see her and as she is not encumbered by family duties or any of the little etcs, which bind the married lady pretty much to her own domestic circle, I hope that you will consent to her spending the winter with us.  I think we can make her time pass pleasantly.  If you will gratify us she will have an excellent opportunity by Sister Margaret who I suppose will return in ten days or two weeks.  That was her intention when she left home, but as she is like all of her familly, not very fond of handling the pen, we have not heard from her since she left home.  I hope Brother I shall not be disappointed but when I hear of Sisters return, Anna will be named as her companion and my husband who joins me in this request will escort her from Philadelphia if there is not an opportunity offer by someone who we would like her to come up with.  Now you cannot say no.  You know my strong attachment to her dear mother, who in many , very many respects, was a mother to me and her acts of affection and kindness I ever shall remember and I hope with a greatful heart and I cannot think I am unreasonable in once requesting to have the society of her dear daughter.

But I have asked and made arrangements for her visiting us without asking her own consent, but have taken for granted that a visit to her northern friends would not be unpleasant to her.  We have two little prattlers which we ___  ___ like enough to these are entertaining sometimes.

In a few weeks you will have Samuel with you and I am looking forward to the other of his friends in this direction to a visit from him which he has finished his college course.  Eleanor is with me and has very good health this summer.  Papa is also here, is much benefited by his jaunt to the cape.  They with James join me in love & kind remembrance to Sister Anna.  You and James family not forgetting his Margaret and believe me

Your affectionate sister Isabella

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 400, 401

Family Happenings – 12

20 December 1825 from Philadelphia – Margaret Mcculloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I wish to know whether I am entitled to a part of the money which you remit to Mother.  If I am I hope you will, when the next payment is made, send me my portion and as I have not had  a cent either of the first $500 or the late $150 there is considerable due to me.  I surely need it as much as Mother and the other girls and am certainly entitled to share equally with them.  I do not know what arrangement you made with Mother and of course I have not spoken on the subject to her.

Please give my love to Sister Ellen and tell her I am took the box on board the Algonquin on the 16th inst and gave it according to Captain Dixcey’s direction in charge of the stewart and it is now on its way to England where I hope it will arrive safely.

We have had letters from Princeton informing us that our sister Bell [Isabella McCulloh] has become a mother.  She has a fine son, now four days old and both mother and child are doing well.  Sarah is with them and they have also an excellent nurse.  The little stranger is to be called Ashbel.  The father thinks him the finest child that ever was born, and Sarah says he is a very sweet fellow as fat as a partridge, has dark eyes, dark hair and a dimple in his chin and bow legs.

Mother and Ann are just recovering from very severe colds.  All the rest of us are quite well.  I am meaning to write this week and I have it for him to give on account of himself and school concerns.  We had too very cold days last week, but the Lehigh coal almost prevented our realizing that it was below freezing point.  We find the house a very comfortable one indeed.

The new Medical College is coming on grandly.  I believe they have about eighty students who will ultimately pay.  Their class consists of 120.  The professors generally give entire satisfaction and are quite zealous in their cause which they have every reason to expect will succeed and yield considerable profit next season.  The present one is of course attended with many expenses and particularly to the Chemist who mus have apparatus and costly articles for experiments.  In all of which however he has succeeded exactly according to his wishes.

We have not heard from William since he has left us.  I wrote a few hasty lines by him to Anna Elisa which I suppose she got tho probably she did not see him.  My love to sister Anna and yourself.  I wish you all a merry Christmas & many many happy new years.  Please remember me affectionately to brother James & family.  Next week I think it is he goes to Annapolis.  He has my best wishes and sincere prayers for his success in which I am sure you join me, although you did not like his election among any more than I did at first.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 333