28 April 1786 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh
My Dear John,
By your last letter I find that my Dear Nancy [John’s, b. 1721, daughter Ann] is at rest for which I thank God. Altho I cannot too much lament the death , my pore girl. Sincerely it was much more desireable than [to] know her in such destress, both of body and mind. May the god of all mercy prepare us for so happy a change as she must have made all Gl_?_ now. I think of respecting her in all the tenderness we experienced for her aught now to be leaning towards her dear children. Of them and their arrangements, I am anxious to hear what you have been able to effect. Agnus had better send me Jack immediately. I wish the gents could be as conveniently provided for. Nothing on my part shall be wanting to entrust and promise them. May god indear them with understanding and k[unreadable] which will secure to them honor and truths and happiness without which it were better they never been born.
I fear you will have some trouble with WM, Jr. but your prudence will direct any in which I have the fullest and entire reliance. Write me very fully about everything and believe me Your most affectionate James McCulloh
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 384
Background: Ann McCulloh was the sixth child of John b. 1721 and Elizabeth McCulloh. She married David Williamson, had three daughters and died 20 April 1786.
1 July 1785 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh
I wrote you by Monday Stage under cover to J Thompson as he being so convenient in which I requested you to keep me informed of my sister’s situation. Since you have wrote this house without taking the least notice, for godsake John, inform me how she is and if she has prospect by her removal. I wrote her and Nancy both. The latter Joseph will wrote me regularly twice a week while I stay here which will be till the 10th. Currently when I go for the Springs in and surity if my sister’s health should be on the recovery. If not I will take Philadelphia on my way in order to carry her along with me and I pray you to prepare her for the journey for if she don’t receive immediate relief from the change of air and the attention of the Doctors, I conceive the Springs the only probable mode for her recovery. I pray god it may be attending with success which will be ample compensation for any plausible if may lay on me. Since my annual here, I have been attack’d by every severe pain in my breast and almost a continual head ach. I take an Emitick last night and if I don’t get better today I will have at [black spot] apply’d to night. By this you will imagin that the Springs are any proper for me also and I agree with you. So does Doctor Brown. The money you desire shall attend this and we will draw on you for the amt which Burr is to pay and am dear John Yours affect’y J McCulloh
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 272