Work as an attorney – 3

3 June 1784

Know all men by these present that I Andrew Porter of the township of West Caln in the County of Chester of the state of Pennsylvania, late Col. of the Penns. Regiment of Artillery – have constituted, made of and appointed my trusty and loving friend John McCulloh of the City of Philadelphia my true and lawful attorney for me & my name and stead, to ask, demand, servefor, levy, recover & receive all such demand sums of money, certificates, for arranges of pay on the final settlement of public accounts with the American Army, dues, accounts & other demands whatsoever, which are or shall be due owing payable & belonging to me or detained from my any manner of ways or means whatsoever by Major Bowen & Capt. Areuris Beaty, Agents appointed for the notes of certificates due to the officers & soldiers of the Pennsylvania Line on the final settlement of their accounts.

Giving and granting said attorney by these present my full & whole power strength and authority in and about the principles to have use and undertake all lawful ways & means in my name for the recovery of the Certificates or notes on the final settlement of the Acct of the Penn Line due to myself, to the late Capt. Lieut Saml Story, dec., my son Lieut Robert Porter (a minor) and to the following men commissioned officers & soldiers who have assigned over to myself & to my son Robert their whole pay arranges & endowments, viz:

Frederick Chapman, Matross                    Francis Blundell, serg.                    George Chapman, Serg.                    George Harris, Matross                    Robert Johnson, formerly a corporal of late a Matross                              Peter Cundum, Matross                    Willm Croffts, Matross                    George Bennidick, gunner                    William Kelly, Matross                    Joseph Sharp, Musician & Serg                    John Ward, Matross                    Michael Thurston, Musician & Serg.               Joseph Jones, Matross               Sam Smith, Matross                            James Baker, corporal                    George Bangerman, Matross                    John Deer, Musician & Serg               John Lick, Matross                         Job Bennington, gunner                    William Conner, Matross                    James Walker, Matross                    Isaac Senvey, Matross                         John Rickey, Serg                         Richard Sweetman, Matross                    William Talbo, Corpl                    David Griffith, Matross                         James Robinson                         Robert Jeff                              Thomas Jinnings

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 171

Work as an attorney – 2

Background:  According to Find A Grave, Robert and Levi Todd’s father was David Levi Todd, great-grandfather of Mary Todd Lincoln.  David Todd died 8 February 1785.

24 June 1786 from Fayette County, Kentucky – Robert and Levi Todd to John McCulloh

Dear Sir,

I expect you will receive this by the hand of Mr. R. Parker together with a power of attorney fully authorizing you to transact matters relative to my deceased father’s estate.

The many proofs of your friendship and favour invariably shown for the interest and welfare of our family induces me [to] select you for your endeavours and good offices in a particular manner on behalf of a mother whose shattered remains of fortune – principally (as yet) are in that part of the world.

An active duty in the affairs of others is very seldom desirable and as little so this as any common case, the relations are to be dealt with and that rigorously too.  My _?_ William has certainly acted a very ungrateful and congenerous part toward my father in his life time and my mother since concerning (you know what I mean) the securityship and certificates.

I would not presume to advise you to any particular mode of proceeding in the business, but submit it to your own knowledge and precedence which must certainly direct you much better than I can and shall therefore rest satisfied with what you shall think proper to do concerning it.

At the receipt of the power of attorney accompanying this I am in hopes you will be able to face Mr. Claymer on his own ground and leave him without any place of retreat.  Permit me to add that I flatter myself in Mr. Thompson’s affair you will advise the Judges.  I assure every means to extricate us from the inconvenience attending the unprofitable bargains made by my father.  Whatever effect this mode of proceeding may have on the minds of the interested relations.

As the purpose of this epistle is wholly on the business of my Father’s estate you will please concider it jointly from sir your most obliged and humble                                              Robert Todd, Levi Todd

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 406

Work as an attorney

Background:  John (b. 1747) McCulloh’s main occupation was as a merchant but he was also an attorney.  Letters include work preformed for family members and friends, primarily as power of attorney.  Andrew Todd was the father-in-law of John McCulloh.  Andrew Todd, Jr. was the Physician writing to encourage Samuel McCulloh to become a physician.

11 November 1780

Know all men by these present that I Andrew Todd, late of Bedford Township in the County of Bedford in the State of Pennsylvania, yeoman, ordained and constituted and by these persons do make ordain and constitute and in my place and sted put & depose John McCulloh of the city of Philadelphia in the State aforesaid house carpenter, my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name and for my life to ask demand sue for recover and receive all such sums and sums of money debts goods ware as due amounts and other demands whatsoever which are or shall be due owning payable and belonging to me.

24 July 1781

Know all men by these present that I Andrew Todd Junr of the city of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania, Practitioner of Physic, have made ordained & constituted and by these present do make ordain…. [etc.] do put & depute John McCulloh of the City of Philadelphia in the state aforesaid, house carpenter, my true & lawful attorny for me & my name & for my use…

19 May 1783

Joseph McCulloh, house carpenter gives power of attorney to John McCulloh, merchant.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 25, 30, 54