Ship Anna – 3

Background:  After the hostilities were over with the French, Americans could apply for compensation.  The McCulloh family sent the following request, but as far as is known they never received any money from the cargo on the Ship Anna.

1803  Request to the French Republic to the Estate of John McCulloh

  1. 199 barrels of flour part of 800 barrels of the Brig Anna taken on account of the administration at Leogan in St. Domingo… $2388
  2. Freight on 946 lbs, the amount of the annual loading home…$1319
  3. 145 days damaged for detention in lory at Leopan at 37 1/2 dollars per day $5237 Total $9244

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 4, frame 190

Ship Anna – 2

Background:  Samuel McCulloh, the young man who was advised on becoming a physician in earlier posts by the date of this letter was a ships surgeon involved in his father’s trade business.  Toward the end of the 1700’s, American merchant ships were being attacked by the French.  That is what happened to the Ship Anna in the letter below.

9 April 1796 from Philadelphia – John McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Son,

Your several affectionate & interesting letters, one from St. Jago, 4 from Calcutta are all with pleasure received.  I am sorry to hear that your ____  is for Hamburg, but when I reflect that he who governs the Universe manages our affairs – that every m___ ought to hush.  Mr. Durrant says you must have misconstrued his instructions for the insurance was not contemplated by him, which makes ten fr difference.  However perhaps its best for him the way you have taken as Indian goods will be very plenty [to] have this season.

In yours of the 29th November you mention your second disappointment at not receiving letters from your ___ by Captain Singey.  Indeed the reasons why [we] did not write one, we were sure that it was impossible for him to arrive before you would sail for America or Europe.

Annexed you have the cash sales at auction for the goods you innumerate, the demand & use of those goods has considerably increased but perhaps you had best sell your foods for some such have been shipped from this for Platelles, Royals, Dowlas, Stripes & Checks.

Inclosed you have a letter from my friend Mr. Wm B____ who advises you to bring the above articles or at least as far as you can reach.  You will see by the prices an___ that it may be best for you to bring home the German ___.

My Dear Samey, I need not urge you to a speedy remittance when I tell you that the Brig Anna was captured by the French & carried into Leogance on the 7th of March.  You have seen and detained until the 20th of August for her Cargo taken from her & then by way of a favor permitted to depart without receiving on single farthing in ___annes whatever for her Cargo or Detention.  My demand against the Republic is 4609.6.5 pounds without the smallest prospect of being paid at present and either ever God only knows.

Now for family affairs.  I have had but one or two light touches of my complaint.  Your mama had what the ladys call a misgoe and was very unwell for a long time.  However she has recovered and we are all in good health at present thanks to him who gives all that is worthy to be received.

If there should be any peace in Europe, I would have you to remit your money to Mr. James Bell, Covenant Street, London as the Exchange is from 10-12 fr.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frame 116, 117


Ship Anna

24 October 1794

This charter party of a freight indeated and made the 24 October 1794 between John McCulloh of the city of Philadelphia, owner of the Brigantine Anna.  Whereof Silas Forester is prefent Master of the one part and Tinch Cox the commissioner of the Revenue in the Department of the Treasury of the United States in behalf of the said United States, of the other part witnesseth that the said John McCulloh has and by the prefents doth grant and to farm let for the voyage herein after mentioned to the United States the said Brigantine Anna upon the terms and conditions herein after contained.

And thereupon the said John McCulloh doth hereby consent and promise to and with the United States the said Brigantine is tight and staunch and will and properly fitted and provided with all necessary and convenient tackle, apparel, furniture, stores and provisions for the intended voyage and that the [unreadable] shall receive on board the Cargo herein after mentioned to be provided on behalf of the United States, and also as soon as she is laden, shall depart from the Port of Philadelphia and with all reasonable expedition proved and sail to the Island of St. Simons, from whence she shall proceed and sail with all reasonable expedition to such other port or place in the State of Georgia as shall be here ordered; and shall these take and receive on board as full a cargo consisting of Timber or other lawful goods as the said Brig shall comfortably be able safely to carry; and to cause the same to be delivered to the port of Baltimore to which she shall return and along side or near the said Brig according to custom.

And the proper agent or agents of the United States shall and by their agents or factors in the State of Georgia aforesaid permiss alongside the said Brig and supply a quantity of timber sufficient to load the said Brig written 21 running days after her arrival at the said port of lading and shall and will pay to the said John McCulloh $37 1/2 dollars per day Demurrage for every day the said Brig shall be detained in the said port of … [unreadable] twenty-one… running days and if she shall be detained in the said port of lading longer than 30 days… running in the whole by the United States of their agent or agents at said port the master shall then be at liberty to depart and sail therefrom with the said Brig and the said United States agree to pay to the said John McCulloh the sum of $1,935 dollars for the hire or freight of the said Brig to the said port of Lading in Georgia aforesaid and with her cargo as aforesaid back to the port of Baltimore over and above the terms to gross due for Demurrage if any there be.  The said freight to be paid at Philadelphia after the arrival of the said Brig at Baltimore and as soon as the Cargo with which the stake be laden in Georgia shall be discharged.

In witness whereof the said parties here unto let their hands and the said John McCulloh his seal the day and year before written.                                                                  Sealed and delivered in the presence of U.S. Ez Forman, William Meng

It is understood and declared that the said Brigantine is of the Burden of 134 tons and fifty eight 95ths by her Register.  It is agreed that the place to which the said Brigantine shall proceed to take her lading shall not be more than twenty leagues from the port of Brunswick which place of lading shall be pointed out to the said Capt. Silas Foster with in 24 hours after she shall apply for the same to John T. Morgan, agent for the United States.  It is agreed that no passengers for the Untied States are to go or come in the Cabin and that the provisions, water and cables are to be under deck.                                                         Signed by Comm. Of the R and John McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 435