Anna’s death – 3

25 July 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

Your letter that I received this day having the stamp of distress, but too well bespoke the dark contentment.  Alas my friend my brother, a brother too whose  miseries surpass what his nearest friend can suppose, fate having taken possession of all life and nothing is left but to mourn.  I wish with me only to offer my mite of condolence the administration of which distress me to the soul.  The cause is too grievous to admit of Balm, yet can I not resist begging of you to exercise your good understanding in endeavoring to avoid that tide of trouble which at present overwhelms you.  And if possible change it to a more serious contemplation of these months which you as well as all who knew your and my poor dear girl, have so justly valued in her.  She is my witness when I declare that your loss is imparable to you as will those of her family.

But for my sake D John forbare, remember your health and their future happiness.  I will not tell you to forget your dear beloved Nancy [Anna].  No my Brother, I will not impose on you what I hope I shall never do myself.  This would be carrying Philosophy to a degree of austerity which nothing but a hardened hear could justify.  All hope is that you will guard against that melancholy which but too often takes hold of the heart of sensibility and unfits it for remaining obligations almost as strong as that by which it felt a sacrifice.

And while I say so much, don’t believe my Brother, that I wish to rend you from the noblest purposes, that of simpathy.  I pray you again not to think so meanly of me.  But why this caution?  I well do know the disposition I am speaking of holds no reflections but those as and by affectionate temperance gleanin under whose immediate protection I hope and believe you ever lend that firmness you so much require.

Most gladly would I come to you but I am so unfortunately as but to have one young man the other is gone to Virginia so that my presence is inevitable here.  I hope soon to see you.  Till then farewell my most dear Brother                                                                                          Yours ever affectionatley J McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 222

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Anna’s death – 2

29 March 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I send you Bella Williamson.  May she prove that which you expect – a good housekeeper.  It is her sisters wish as well as mine that she return here in September or sooner if you can spare her.  The separating her from her sister can only be justified by the pressing necessity of the occasion.  With this idea I suffer to depart and have no doubt you will concur with me in feeling for her sisters being.  I may say entirely left alone in a strange place deprived of the only relation who could be upon the fasting of a companion to her – however they both cheerfully submit to the separation for the time before specified.  Wishing her safely to your protection I remain my Dear John                                                                                                  Yours affect J McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 201

Anna’s death

Background:  John Mcculloh b. 1747’s first wife was Anna Todd.  She died February 19, 1789, two weeks after their eighth child was born.  No letter was found from John to his brother saying what happened.  Isabella (Bella) Williamson is John and James’ niece, daughter of their sister Ann (called Nancy in this letter).

12 March 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I have most attentively read your two last letters and am sincerely affected by their contents and if I could by any advise or exertion mitigate your distress most gladly would.  I use my endeavor to effect it, but too well I am assured of my inability.

I have spoke to Bella Williamson who will most gladly go to your relief poor girl.  She is much affected by your letter.  She will be ready about the middle of next week when I will endeavor to procure her most able company.

I have Wm Knox orders to send you $400 which is here enclosed – I shall send by Bell $11.30 on a/c of Nancy Williamson.  I have her money but not a note for that sum.  Your letter to Doctor Todd shall be attended to – and am Dr [Dear] John                                                                                                                       Yours very affeactionately, James McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 196