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

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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 – 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

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

Family Happenings – 11

19 May 1821 –  Isabella McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

An engagement has taken place between James Green and myself.

8 July 1821 – Isabella McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My wardrobe needs replenishing.  Some articles [are] quite deficient, others in a very week state.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 270, 298

Family Happenings – 10

11 October 1810 – from Mary McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

Mother would have acknowledged yours of the first inst, with the enclosed $200, but we are in the midst of moving and she is much fatigued.  Her constitution breaks fast.  Poor George was quite overcome with the change in her appearance, but it is not so visible to me, who are constantly with her.  I’ve had a very affectionate and more satisfactory letter from him when at Alexandria than he has ever written.  They expected to sail last Sunday.  He says he is beloved by his Captain, respected by the seamen and linked in chains of friendship with his friend Howell, a son of Colonel Howell in New Jersey.  They have been several voyages together.

I received a letter from Cousin David today by William Todd, a son of Aunt Mary’s.  He brought a daughter of Cousin Parkers with him…

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 97