Family Happenings – 13

28 August 1828 from Princeton, New Jersey – Isabella McCulloh Green to Samuel McCulloh

Background:  Isabella McCulloh was married to James Sprout Green.

No doubt my dear brother will be much surprised on the receipt of a letter from me, but I have a particular favor to ask of you.  It is simply that you will gratify us by a visit from Ann Elisa.  We wish very much to see her and as she is not encumbered by family duties or any of the little etcs, which bind the married lady pretty much to her own domestic circle, I hope that you will consent to her spending the winter with us.  I think we can make her time pass pleasantly.  If you will gratify us she will have an excellent opportunity by Sister Margaret who I suppose will return in ten days or two weeks.  That was her intention when she left home, but as she is like all of her familly, not very fond of handling the pen, we have not heard from her since she left home.  I hope Brother I shall not be disappointed but when I hear of Sisters return, Anna will be named as her companion and my husband who joins me in this request will escort her from Philadelphia if there is not an opportunity offer by someone who we would like her to come up with.  Now you cannot say no.  You know my strong attachment to her dear mother, who in many , very many respects, was a mother to me and her acts of affection and kindness I ever shall remember and I hope with a greatful heart and I cannot think I am unreasonable in once requesting to have the society of her dear daughter.

But I have asked and made arrangements for her visiting us without asking her own consent, but have taken for granted that a visit to her northern friends would not be unpleasant to her.  We have two little prattlers which we ___  ___ like enough to these are entertaining sometimes.

In a few weeks you will have Samuel with you and I am looking forward to the other of his friends in this direction to a visit from him which he has finished his college course.  Eleanor is with me and has very good health this summer.  Papa is also here, is much benefited by his jaunt to the cape.  They with James join me in love & kind remembrance to Sister Anna.  You and James family not forgetting his Margaret and believe me

Your affectionate sister Isabella

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 400, 401

Family Happenings – 12

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

Family Happenings – 11

19 May 1821 –  Isabella McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

An engagement has taken place between James Green and myself.

8 July 1821 – Isabella McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My wardrobe needs replenishing.  Some articles [are] quite deficient, others in a very week state.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 270, 298