20 December 1825 from Philadelphia – Margaret Mcculloh to Samuel McCulloh
My Dear Brother,
I wish to know whether I am entitled to a part of the money which you remit to Mother. If I am I hope you will, when the next payment is made, send me my portion and as I have not had a cent either of the first $500 or the late $150 there is considerable due to me. I surely need it as much as Mother and the other girls and am certainly entitled to share equally with them. I do not know what arrangement you made with Mother and of course I have not spoken on the subject to her.
Please give my love to Sister Ellen and tell her I am took the box on board the Algonquin on the 16th inst and gave it according to Captain Dixcey’s direction in charge of the stewart and it is now on its way to England where I hope it will arrive safely.
We have had letters from Princeton informing us that our sister Bell [Isabella McCulloh] has become a mother. She has a fine son, now four days old and both mother and child are doing well. Sarah is with them and they have also an excellent nurse. The little stranger is to be called Ashbel. The father thinks him the finest child that ever was born, and Sarah says he is a very sweet fellow as fat as a partridge, has dark eyes, dark hair and a dimple in his chin and bow legs.
Mother and Ann are just recovering from very severe colds. All the rest of us are quite well. I am meaning to write this week and I have it for him to give on account of himself and school concerns. We had too very cold days last week, but the Lehigh coal almost prevented our realizing that it was below freezing point. We find the house a very comfortable one indeed.
The new Medical College is coming on grandly. I believe they have about eighty students who will ultimately pay. Their class consists of 120. The professors generally give entire satisfaction and are quite zealous in their cause which they have every reason to expect will succeed and yield considerable profit next season. The present one is of course attended with many expenses and particularly to the Chemist who mus have apparatus and costly articles for experiments. In all of which however he has succeeded exactly according to his wishes.
We have not heard from William since he has left us. I wrote a few hasty lines by him to Anna Elisa which I suppose she got tho probably she did not see him. My love to sister Anna and yourself. I wish you all a merry Christmas & many many happy new years. Please remember me affectionately to brother James & family. Next week I think it is he goes to Annapolis. He has my best wishes and sincere prayers for his success in which I am sure you join me, although you did not like his election among any more than I did at first.
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 333