16 February 1790 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh
My Dear John,
I received your very affectionate & confidential letter and have paid the subject of your change of situation that attention that the subject requires. It is indeed a very momentous one to you and all your family. But for my own part, I can not pretend to form an opinion of its propriety. Whatever may take place you may rest assured of my friendship.
I would at once have promised you the money you require, had I it in my power but I am sorry this is by no means so at present at all probability. It will be so in the course of the summer if my collections are not worse in the Spring than I expect. I am just setting off for the eastern shore.
I have spoke to Nancy Pierce about the 26-1-3. She sais it was the first money she had. Should you find no further trace of it inform me and am D John Yours most affy J McCulloh
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 267
Background: There is nothing in the next two letters that directly states John is contemplating marriage, but with eight children at home, the youngest being 4 months it is a logical conclusion. John b. 1747 did remarry on April 8, 1790 to Anna Bringhurst, 14 months after his wife’s death. John and his second wife had eight more children. The reference to Nancy Williamson below is for Ann Williamson who married Humphrey Pierce. Her sister Isabella is the one who is keeping house for John.
7 June 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh
I am to acknowledge yours of the 5 inst and I thank you for your acceptance favor of NYC.
I trust that you are acquainted with Nancy Williamson’s prospect of getting married to Mr. Pierce which I hope may take place. But until the thing is completed I shall still have my doubts. You see how incredulas I am in cases of this kind. Indeed, I have seen and experience so much of the uncertainty of such matters that I seldom believe until the Parson has said Grace. However if it should agree, to our present expectations, [to] take place it would be very hard to prevent her sister from being present on the occasion. Sincerely so short a time as you thought for her to stay here. Your family [unreadable] sustain any great loss from her absence.
In answer to the remr of your letter, I am really at a loss what to say. Indeed my dear Brother all cases of this kind people ought to judge for themselves. Infact there is no person that can judge so properly at your time of life as yourself. A man whose passions are intirely under command and possessing a rational understanding can always best determine for himself. Excuse me therefore D John from saying more on a subject. I am so unqualified to advise. At all events I know you will act so as to preserve the best wishes and affection of your most sincere J McCulloh
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 213