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

Death of a Sibling – 4

29 August 1809 from Philadelphia – Anna McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Sammy,

By a letter from Capt. McCutching to Mr. Robert McMillin we have the melancholy news of the death of your brother Andrew.  He died at New Orleans the 6 of August of billas fever.  The particulars he did not write concerning his death.  Poor fellow, he was very sanguine in his expectations of how soon was he taken from the busy cares of this world.  I  hope to a better one.  If he made his peace with God he is happy and may this dispensation of divine providence be a warning to us all, that we may be prepared to go when we are called for.

George left us two weeks ago.  The vessel cleared for Malta.  The Captain was much please with him the last voyage, so much, that Mr. Lewis has made him second mate of the Bramin, Capt. Singleton.  Robert is much please with his situation and Mr. Woodard speaks very favorable of him.  We are all well.  Give my love to my sister Sarah and all my children.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 57

Death of a Sibling – 3

1809 – March term in Baltimore Court – Andrew McCulloh is listed as an insolvent debtor

29 May 1809 – Andrew McCulloh is appointed military agent for New Orleans station, believing him worthy of that trusts.

7 August 1809 from New Orleans – To Samuel McCulloh

My dear sir,

A painful duty devolves on me to inform you that I was called to witness the last respiration of your Brother Andrew this morning at on o’clock.  Immediately on his arrival he was attacked by a billious fever which proved fatal, though not of the malignant features that [are] usually called yellow fever.  He had the best medical aid which could be provided and I believe if human skill and attention could have saved his life he would not have died.

He had not assumed the functions of his office.  Of course has no public accounts to settle.  His private affects and papers will be put in the charge of the commanding officer.

Respectfully Silas Dinsmore

14 August 1809 from New Orleans – John Nicholson to Samuel McCulloh

Dear Sir,

It is with heart felt regret I have to inform you of the death of your Brother Andrew, my most amiable friend.  He died Monday last after an illness of 8 days.  it was unfortunate.  I heard not of his being sick until three days before his death as I might have had it in my power to do more for him than I did.  The commanding officer here will take charge of his public business & I suppose settle with the war department as to the few transactions preformed by him while here.  Jos. Laul cashier of the bank, special administrator to all strangers owing intestate, has made an inventory of his affects.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 15, 37, 52, 54


Business Dealings – 5

5 June 1803 – Andrew McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I am pleased to hear you no longer stand in need of the Carienne.  Our good cousin A P has been [tear in paper] for you and that Sister Margaret is to accompany you.  Should be very glad could I make one of the party.  But as this cannot be you will please tender my best regards and tell Isabella I hope to make her satisfied with my silence when I have the supreme pleasure of seeing her in Baltimore which I flatter myself will be this summer.

Sam you must marry the dear girl and bring her with you.  Or if you want rather bring her here and marry her.

Apropos, let me tell you before I forget, you have overlooked part of my last letter – turn to it again and you will find me to say – “and if it was not for sending out Next Spring orders, he would wish to have it till just before the fall business commences.”  And as they generally send them out before the first of August it will be customary for you to be here in all July.  Take my advice therefore and do not delay setting out for the Easter and before the 15 Inst.  If possible let it be in the course of the week.

Since writing you on the 16 alt an idea has occurred to Mr. P who desires me to communicate.  He says your going from home before you conclude on forming the connection leaves him rather in a state of suspense and uncertainty and he thinks he ought to be at liberty to guard against a disappointment by keeping a look out for another partner unless you can make up your mind sooner than you propose returning.  I replied that from the tenor of your letters I was inclined to believe you would determine in favor of our wishes.  But to satisfy him would write you.  W. Pierce speaks more favorably of the business.  Since our first conversation he has made inquires and from what he can learn is certain the establishment will suit you, especially as the engaging and planning your capital in the business, will by no means prevent you from engaging in another India voyage in case a tempting one should offer.  He has requested [page tear] sent with a good gain and taken [page tear] valuation.  They, the China & M [page tear] safe and expect to dispose of the latter soon to your satisfaction.  The bag of dice I sold for $12.

I am sorry that your fears respecting W. Knox of [unreadable] if then is an error it rests with them to prove it for I do not think we will be justified in a ____ until they do.  The discount with Baltimore Paper is harmful.  However it was unexpected & unavoidable. We shall in future guard against it.  Do not overlook our request respecting Mankeens & Silk for Mount Vernon.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 4, frame 157, 158

Business Dealings – 4

9 May 1803 – Andrew McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My dear Brother,

What think you of an establishment in this place?  Feeling as I do the liveliest interest for your welfare and wishing most sincerely if possible to return you on shore, I shall without further preface proved to tell you of one in the hardware line.

Mssr. Jos. Pleasants & Co. are about to decline the business at this place and have offered their stock, stand (which one of the best) and Customers the most reputable, to Mr. John F. Poor, a young gentleman who has been sometime in their employ, and are for whom I have the greatest opinion – indeed for application to business, gentle of manner and commitment of principles.  I cannot think there is his equal in Baltimore.  But he is wanting in capital and wishes to form a connection with some clever fellow who can raise from $6-8000.  He has been conversing with me and would supposed H. Pierce would like a concern in such [an] establishment and by me to ask him.  He tells me in confidence and what he says I can place the utmost reliance on that when Mssr. Pleasants commenced business they had not so large a capital…

I have conversed with H. Pierce on the subject but he having already a concern in two dry goods stores declines forming other connections at the same time.  He observed that he had always a very favorable opinion of the hardware business believing it one of the most profitable & safe that could be carried on with the advantage of its requiring but a small capital.  I then asked him if he thought it would be a desirable establishment for myself.  He replied that in case you had not immediate prospect for engaging in another India voyage or better terms than the last he thought it worthy of your attention and recommended me write to you.  I have seen Poor.  Since he seems pleased with the idea of having a partner near his own age says he will undertake to manage the business for half the profit…

Think well on what I have wrote and let me know your determination soon.  If you should be inclined it will be necessary to engage in it on or before the 1 July the month they generally send in the Spring orders.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 4, frame 150, 151

Family Happenings – 3

Background – Andrew McCulloh was the second son of John McCulloh (b. 1747) and a born story teller.  It appeared he copied all of the letters he sent into a journal.  He was 25 years old when this was written.

15 August 1799 – from Andrew McCulloh to his Cousin Isabella

Dear Cousin,

Just as I was resolving in my mind to dismount and remove the saddle on the one I led, he as if by more than instinct knew my thoughts & wishes to save me the trouble, went ahead and ran around on my left side like a whirligig… They were good enough to stand still till I righted – shook myself and place the saddle on the other devil – after which we proceeded very well except a severe pain in my shoulder which I began to apprehend was sprained & dislocated.

I went home about 8 o’clock and was told Mama had gone visiting to Mrs. Durant & had taken some of the small fry with her – that Isaac had set off by himself to a walk, he was missed, the alarm was given, and all hands sent upon the scout.  After some time he was found in a cake shop by a young woman who knew the child to be one of the Macks & who brought him home just as I lighted at Lewhall.  I immediately remounted & galloped off to give the good people the good tidings…

Soon found the pain in my shoulder to increase.  I got Mary to rub it with vinegar and went to bed.  I slept little.  On the next day I walked up town & was caught in a shower of rain… I went to bed… taking care to shut down the sash which I had hitherto kept hoisted.  It being a damp evening, about 12 o’clock I woke with a violent fever… When father came up to know why I could not come down to Breakfast he found me as above and proposed sending for Doctor Caldwell.  I refused… when father came from meeting, he found my fever increased & me delirious which induced him to send for the Doctor who came immediately and bled me… Third and forth days bleeding of he nose, vomiting, burning at the stomach, a difficulty in breathing occasioned by a weight or an impression at my breast and stomach were considered dangerous symptoms…  Doctor who requested another Physician might be called in.  The humane Whister was sent for… they recommended father to remove his family to an empty house in the neighborhood.  This gave me a great deal of relief as they were then about to move me to a more airy chamber & the children… troubled me no more with their noise… It was generally reported I had yellow fever…

That the family and all my friends had forsaken me & left me dying in the care only of a strange negro.  This by the way was a huge one for never was a poor fellow more kindly attended & more tenderly nursed for though my dear father  fortunately suceeded in providing a negro whench  to nurse me he could not stay away from me…

You see Isabella I have wrote agreeably to your request, a very long letter – an entertaining one you had no reason to expect of me.  I will give you two weeks to read it & only one to write me a reply.

Ps.  I opened my letter to give you the most welcome news.  We have heard from the hospital that James and Henry are getting better & are recovering very fast…

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frames 417-419