Family Happenings – 15

No date – Andrew McCulloh to Anna McCulloh (In his estate papers)

Your very affectionate letter my dear Mother was duly received and now thankfully acknowledged through the politeness of friend Cressin.

Had I supposed for a moment that the Barrel with its contents could have been of welcome I certainly would not have so long delayed & deliberated in sending it.  To tell the truth I was mortified to find it only half full of apples and not a little puzzled to know how to fill it up.  The strange mixture of its contents did not by any means please me and was almost confident it would not you.  But was overruled in my opinion by the girls and much pleased to find they were right & myself so greatly disappointed.

But I am very sorry to lean by your letter to Sister Mary as well tome, that James has deemed it necessary to tease you about his expenses while living with Porter McCulloh.  If I ever gave you or him a promise or any expectation that I would bear the expense of clothing him & sending him to French School, I must ever regret having such a treacherous memory.  For I declare to you I never intended it now even for a moment so considered it, indeed it would be strange.  If I had when we could have a choice of Boys for finding them only boarding or washing and in some instances when the parents were willing to fund everything.  Since he left me, I have had two and the offer of a third lad of the first respectable to serve me and the parents to fund them everything.

But I can easily perceive how the mistake has arose and trust can explain it to your satisfaction.  Taken you spoke of the different expenses of clothing and teaching of French, at this distance of time I cannot pretend to recollect the very words, but if I am not very much mistaken and deceived the purport of my answer was that if he came to live with us we would have to board him as well as ourselves for some time.  That we could easily spare him the time and no doubt procure him a situation in some French family where he would have a much better opportunity of acquiring the language than if he remained at home with you.  That in regard to his clothing, it was customary in the retail dry goods stores for young men to have the privilege of all or any articles at prime cost – of ___ the expense of his clothes would be less with us than if he remained with you.

I was already considering an advance for him, but fully hoped one day to make me ample returns.  I could not refuse but immediately paid off every cent he owed, even a Balance against him in Akins Books.  Besides putting property to a considerable amount under his control in order to encourage and enable him to do something for himself, the greater part of which is still outstanding.

Believe me I do not mean to take any particular merit to myself for I consider I have only acted as one Brother would towards another and have merely mentioned it to you to share the difference.  There is something to be met with in the disposition of brothers.

James I believe possesses an honest principal as John did, but then the disposition of their hearts are very different.  As it is, James has no one to blame but himself – he was well aware of every circumstance attached to my business.  Thus mulish delay in speaking his mind to me in time has placed it totally out of my power.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 195

Brotherly Wrangling – 7

Background:  It is not specified in this letter, but the conversation refers to the lawsuit that took place with the family suing Samuel over their father’s western lands.

2 February 1841 – James W. McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I have just heard of and seen the Sun Intelligence of the death of Pro Jacob Green, which the Patriot supplies from the Phil U.S. Gazette.  Richard had received the enclosed letter for you ___ the afternoon, but we held until just now.  No reason to suppose that it bore you ill tidings.  Is that info immediate delivery would be most proper.  I send the letter and paper so as to enable you if your health permits, to go to Anna in the morning – or if this may not be, that Samuel might go.  The Cars leave here at nine in the morning.

She will feel very desolate, her affection invites you to her side.  You feel or have felt that you were wronged – perhaps injured.  The occasion presents the opportunity to forgive and I pray your pardon whilst I affectionately advise you, in the goodness of your heart to forgive every one.

If you can make that resolve, I beseech you to go if you can without too much risk or expense of your health.  In the Cars getting nice to the sun, you would not be cold.

My own engagements are so many and imperative that I may find it impossible to obey the impulse of my own heart, which would take me instantly to Anna.  If you go, you and Anna will be happier for it during the rest of your days and going there after learning first determined to forgive all who may have trespassed against you.  The intercourse with such not be uncomfortable to them or you.  There need be no unpleasant recollections called to mind, no explanations asked for, or offered.  A kind bracing will be sufficient and the best inden to the good will you prefer to extend to all.

Think with me on this occasion, if you can, and believe that I have made these suggestions wholly from a desire to confirm and enlarge your own happiness and Anna’s.

Affectionately your brother, Jas. W. McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 157, 158

Purchase of a slave – 2

13 August 1839 – Samuel McCulloh slave purchase

Know all men by these present that we John Matthew, John needles and John Adams of the City of Baltimore in Baltimore County and State of Maryland re held and firmly bound unto Doctor Samuel McCulloh of Baltimore and State of Maryland in the sum of $1000 to be paid the said Doctor Samuel McCulloh & his executors, administrators & assigns.  To which payment will and truly be made and done, we bind ourselves and every of us, our and every of our heirs, executors and administrators in the whole and for the whole jointly and severely, firmly by these present sealed with our seals, dated this 13 day of August 1839.

Whereas the said Doctor Samuel McCulloh at the instance and request of the said John Matthews has this day become the purchaser of Fanny Matthews, wife of the said Joh Matthews and their four children named Sally, Martha, Ann, Henrietta and Mary as slaves for life as a sum far beyond their real value and whereas the said John Matthews in consideration to serve the said Doctor Samuel McCulloh for twelve years from the date hereof for which service he is to be allowed a the rate of one hundred… [ rest not copied].

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 126

Family Happenings – 14

26 June 1838 – from Margaret McCulloh

My dear Sis Ann, Niece Ann & Nephew James,

If I had written to each of you as often as I have thought of and intended it you would have been tired of my letters long ago.  If it is not too late I will now thank you for that long good letter you joined in writing me and which I was truly glad to receive.  If you will all come and see us this summer I will promise to make amends for all seeming neglect.  We were much disappointed by not seeing Father and Mother and will still hope to see them here.  We have now a promise of a visit from Uncle Jas & Aunt Abby & Uncle Jacob.  Cousin Ann & baby are quite well & so we all are.  When we get our fortune we will see each other often I hope.  Our love to Mother, Grandpa & all our friends.

Yours as ever, M. [Margaret] Cummins

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 115

Western Lands – 10

26 June 1838 – Ann McCulloh to James W. McCulloh

Dear James,

If you approve of employing W. Hord please sign and forward this to Sister Margaret immediately and request her to return it to us by return mail.  It will be necessary to obtain the consent of the heirs.  Mr. H. will not undertake the business without the consent of the whole.

Supposed to be due from the State of Penn, 450 acres of land and 150 acres from the United States and between 9 & 8000.

In conversing with Mr. H. I find that he has prof sufficient of  father’s service.  He says there is not an old soldier in any part of the U.S. that he hears of that he does not visit and has not a doubt but it will be recovered.  He thinks it may be with interest, which will be tried which will amount to as much as ours.  He has been engaged in this business eight years and has a list of the old soldiers whom he has visited.  he says he has been successful in 19 cases out of 10.

We are all well, love to all.  We are expecting Sarah any moment.  She is coming in the packet Pheston to this port – sailed on the 4 day of June.

Yours afftly, Ann

28 July 1838

My dear Brother Jas. W. Mc will if he approves of this plan sign this paper & send it to brother Sam with a request to return the document to Philadelphia as soon as practical.  We are all well & send much love to you all.  I  hope to see you before the summer closes.

Yours affectionately, S. [Sarah] b. McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 114, 115

Western Lands – 9

26 June 1838 – John McCulloh Revolutionary War lands

We the subscribers, heirs at law of John McCulloh who was an officer of the Pennsylvania line in the revolution, hereby employ Robt Hord of Port Royal, Virginia to prosecute out claim against the state aforesaid of the United States for any land bounty, pay, or commutation & interest that may be due by either on account of the revolutionary services of said Jno McCulloh alias McCullow.  And we agree that the said Hord shall have a compensation for his services & expenses incurred in said prosecution, one third of all land and money that be recovered, he the said Hord paying all expenses and looking to success alone for a reimbursement, as well as for remuneration for his services.  We also employ said Hord to prosecute & recover on the ___ terms, all and any lands which belong to the said John McCulloh in Crawford County & state of Pennsylvania & we hereby bind ourselves to execute to said Hord whenever there shall be a recovery of any or all the afore named claims, conveyances for the proportion of the same herein before agreed to be given to him.  In testimony whereof we have set out hand & seals the 26 June 1838.  Executing of the estate of Jn McCulloh

Anna McCulloh, Ann S. McCulloh, Eleanor McCulloh, Jas. S. Green, Isabella W. Green, Charles Cummins, Margaret Cummins

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 113