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