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

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

Brotherly Wrangling – 6

No date – William McCulloh vs Samuel McCulloh

William sues to recover sums of money from (his father) John McCulloh’s estate

15 September 1836 from Boston – William McCulloh to James W. McCulloh

Dear Brother,

Herewith you have my power of attorney to [know] when to settle with Dr. Samuel.  I have delayed it this long on purpose to hear previously the fate of my dfs [defense] on him.  You have also a copy of my letter of 3rd isnt, also his letters to me, which is rather a curiosity.  Altho he seems quite guarded, yet it may go to know that he admits my claim as an heir to the estate.  I am very anxious that it may be swiftly to a close, especially in Mother & sisters a/c.

You mention he says in a few years he will be able to dispose of the lands to advantage.  A little money will probably be of more service ___ now than a larger sum a few years hence.  Please let me hear from you.  You can write by vessels going out from your port for Port a Prince or you can send your letters here addressed to care of Messrs Robinson & Plumer who will forward them directly.  Shall embark in three weeks for Jamaica.

Truly yours,  William McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 72, 75

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

Brotherly wrangling – 4

24 May 1791 from Philadelphia – John McCulloh to James McCulloh

Dear Jamey,

I am favored with yours of the 18th inst from Mr. Isaac Bringhurst.  with respect to the money I have charged you with as paid for N Pearse, I am not clear as I ought to be but as I could find nothing either on my books or in her or your letters to exta ___ it, I thought that if it had been paid she could account for it to satisfaction.  She has not wrote me on the subject.

But that part of your letter puzzles me to understanding where you say “I find you still charge me with Robinson on Feruson & several on Burston after I have so often told you that I won’t allow them.”  How am I to understand this.  I have stated to you clearly that you  had in your present a/c a credit on my book previous to our settlement of 88 and again in Knox U & McCulloh assessment of April 15, 1790.  I am charged with the same sums if you mean that I should not allow these sums in Knox U and McCulloh a/c.  I have no objection only point out with whome I am to account for them.  But surely it cannot be your meaning that I should be accountable to both James McCulloh & Knox U & McCulloh for the same moneys.  Were you here I could converse with you in a moment that this is the case.

And as to the rent of the Germantown place you can find if you’ll examine that the paper stated up to the 9th of March last and it has been rented all a long at L30 and has made only L40-13-3.  Where did you expect necessary repairs, lower feet expense of Whitnessess & taxes would come from?  Is it possible that you think I am attempting to impose upon you?  If you do for peace sake do impatronize another agent for I assure you I omit the business confidence is lost.  When ever you give me the frequent explanation to double charge, I will make out the account as you may direct.  Bella Williamson sets out for Bath tomorrow by whom I send you this.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 327

Brotherly wrangling – 3

20 September 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John Mcculloh

Dear John,

When last I wrote, no doubt my language was rather tran___ with the worm wood.  Such were my feelings nor do I repent one even now, but I lament the cause exceedingly.

Your letter states several things all directed to my feelings.  There indeed I am vulnerable.  Why then not make application to my bounty.  This I suppose you would conceive descending too far, but with a generous mind you would be nearer your purpose than this line you have pursued.

I send you back you’re a/c current.  Give no credit for the L30.  Your  2 1/2 excess on the late sale of tobacco to which add if your conscience tells you it is right and I will present your acct.  Indeed was I to give my opinion on the matter the L30 is sufficient for every thing you have done for us since.  But I may be partial.  Therefore act as best appears to you and let the return be as speedy as possible.

As the affair of Knox, U & McCulloh are now to be settled and I am to take charge of the winding up.  If I have life, I hope to do it in the course of 12 months and if not those who live after me must take the trouble.  In the mean time whatever be the worst, I shall not forget the practical terms you have offered and of which I accept with the fullest confidence that the treaty shall not be broken.                                                                                  Dear John your most affectionate J McCulloh

By  the first safe hand send the Certificates of K U McC and the a/c current.  Keep my certificates as I have no use for them.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 240

Brotherly wrangling – 2

21 August 1789 from Philadelphia – John McCulloh to James McCulloh

Dear Jamey,

I have yours of the 15th and 18th inst. the first punitive, the last full of indignation.  But I’ll dispatch the business first and then for that part which may be thought proper with respect to a commission.

With respect to paying over the aft to Holmes & Rainey without advice from you, you certainly would have had it in your favor to have blamed me.  What would I have had to shew for such an act?  The money from G Town has this moment come to hand which I shall pay according to your direction.  The money arising from it Johnston Act was paid.  I paid over to H. & Rainey agreeable to your letter of the 15th.  I have also delivered Willm Bells Clark the bill inclosed in yours of the 18th.  I do not know what to advise you with respect to your tobacco.  There has been no market tho a lone one for some days past & at present but how it may be by the time yours may probably arrive, it’s impossible to tell.  However if you send it I’ll do the best I can for your interest.  If its of the best quality, James River, It will fetch from 4 1/2 to 5 dollars and I would advise none other to be sent here.

I’m sorry to hear of my Brother Robert’s death, but I have expected it for some time past.  “How fine the years have lost, the days of mans too.”  Rapped all or you and I, my dear Jamey, must ere long bid an adieu to all things here below as well as those dear friends.  That has just as well as those that have long since gone before us.  This thought long I order but with it in full view I praised to the most.

[In] part of my letter I mean the commission charged in my agreement and to cut the matter short as possible.  If I am wrong I will retract in a moment but if I am right, I ought to be paid.   Indeed it is what you have repeatedly requested me to do to change and you would present it to the house.  I am sure you do not wish to wrong me but such is the strong constitution of the human mind that it cannot often reason with impartiality when its own interest is at stake.  I would therefore propose to leave it to some gentlemen merchants to determine which may be done without betraying our situation by inquiring what is customary in such & such cases.  But I do not think that Wm Bell or yourself does for men that you have an oppos__ of merchant money.  I shall hear any reply.  What you insinuate respecting our settlement when you were last in town as I concive you all together wrong here.  The paper will speak.  But I wish not to offend you especially as there are but two of us left now.  I hope and pray we will live in amity.  Nay I will sacrifice almost every p___, any consideration on the alter of peace.

But how came you to forget that which at present concerns me & most of our family most.  I mean Bella Williamson’s return.  In the first letter you say she will deliver it to me and she does not come & in your second you do not mention her.

Alas my dear brother, our feelings are different affected but notwithstanding what I have said above if upon cool reflection you think I ought to do all that I have done for Mr. Wm Knox & Mr. Tha Usher without the least reward whatever and act consistent with the duty I owe my family, leave circumstances out of the question.  I can almost promise to abandon my claim indeed.  I have it in my power to them that Mr. Knox thinks that I deserve a commission.  He promised the first time in or done after you paid the company that if I charge no commission you would make me a present of a Pipe of Maderia Wine for what I done that year but it never came and you must remember that I often told you that I thought hard to spend my time and attention for nothing for a person that would not thank me for it at a future day but I shall for the present leave you to your own reflection.  In the mean time I am your affectionate                                                             John McCulloh

P Since writing the above Bella Williamson has arrived safe in the evening.  I have paid Eden Shatwell L624.6.10 which nears the sum I’ve from Yorktown.  You here inclosed Jos Harpers note.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 235