9 June 1799 from Paris [Kentucky] – Andrew Todd to John McCulloh
Your last dated Germantown Oct. 16th came safe to hand which I should have answered long before this time had I not been waiting to hear your final determination about leaving Philadelphia. In this letter you say should you remove to the neighborhood of Pitt you would not be adverse to purchase Brother Robts & my Westmoreland land & request me to inform you the lowest penny I will take for them. Having never seen any person who had seen the Crocked Creek tracts & only one person who had seen the Alegany tract never having been in that country myself & never having received any information as to the probable value of the crocked creek lands, it is very difficult for me to say what I would be willing to take for them…
From the information which you probably had when in that country & from information which you may collect from Col. Porter who has lands in the same neighborhood & who has probably either seen or has had such information as may be relied on you can form a pretty near estimate of their value. I would wish you if you have determined to move to that country to make me an offer.
If you have determined not to remove there I know you have or can have better information of their value than I can possibly obtain & would therefore wish you to sell them at first opportunity. There is a half tract land given by my Father in hs last will to Brother Robert & myself for which I do not recollect that I have any writing to establish our claim to, other than my Father’s will. As Col. Porter’s life is uncertain I would wish you to enquire into this matter & have done what ever may be necessary to secure to us our share of said tract. I would also wish him to purchase our share of said tract. I knew nothing about this tract except what I can gather from my Father’s will. In whos name the Patent [was] issued I knew not.
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frame 482, 483