Family Happenings – 5

17 August 1801 from Philadelphia – Anna McCulloh to Andrew McCulloh

Dear Andrew,

I have received yours of June 23 & August 9th the former enclosing a note of 50 dollars which I have acknowledged account of to Dr. Carter.

I am much surprised at S[amuel] McC[ulloh] not writing to any of his friends.  He has never written me since he left Greensburg.  Mr. Simmons wrote from Lexington near the last of June.  They were going that day to visit the wilderness, poor fellow.  I think they must be in the wild woods indeed.

The 8 per cts are at 113.  If you think that will do, you may send up the money.  Mr. Taylor says it will be best to purchase immediately as the interest is advancing in this quarter.  Our  tobacco is removed from Mr [unreadable]… it is at 14 a month.  Mr. Ansley says some of it will sell in the fall, but the other is of such an inferior quality it will only sell at random.  In your next please to give me your advice about it.

I am glad to hear that I. W. [Isabella Williamson] health is restored to her as it is one of the greatest blessings of life. As for Mrs. P. I think she bids fair to be as good at the business of her increasing family as her assort McC.

I notice what you say concerning James but he being so young, I have not asked him what business he means to study.  Mr. Weston speaks highly of his abilities & attention to his studies.  He has gone up to his Uncle Porter’s upon a visit during the vacation.  As for the twin brothers I can give no certain account of them.  It is said that A is at the Lazarette.

Miss M.A.B. is in perfect good health without the assistance of Dr. A McC.  Thomas B. is married & gone to house keeping in Germantown whence I hope they may enjoy both health and happiness.  Myself & family enjoy good health except Isaac.  His complaint continues bad & the Dr. still attends him, but there is no prospect at present of his getting better.  The family join me in love to you & John & all.

Anna McCulloh

Mrs. Shute has just received a letter from Mr. Simmons.  Sammy & he are in the state of Kentucky 50 miles apart.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 4, frame 48


Brotherly wrangling – 2

21 August 1789 from Philadelphia – John McCulloh to James McCulloh

Dear Jamey,

I have yours of the 15th and 18th inst. the first punitive, the last full of indignation.  But I’ll dispatch the business first and then for that part which may be thought proper with respect to a commission.

With respect to paying over the aft to Holmes & Rainey without advice from you, you certainly would have had it in your favor to have blamed me.  What would I have had to shew for such an act?  The money from G Town has this moment come to hand which I shall pay according to your direction.  The money arising from it Johnston Act was paid.  I paid over to H. & Rainey agreeable to your letter of the 15th.  I have also delivered Willm Bells Clark the bill inclosed in yours of the 18th.  I do not know what to advise you with respect to your tobacco.  There has been no market tho a lone one for some days past & at present but how it may be by the time yours may probably arrive, it’s impossible to tell.  However if you send it I’ll do the best I can for your interest.  If its of the best quality, James River, It will fetch from 4 1/2 to 5 dollars and I would advise none other to be sent here.

I’m sorry to hear of my Brother Robert’s death, but I have expected it for some time past.  “How fine the years have lost, the days of mans too.”  Rapped all or you and I, my dear Jamey, must ere long bid an adieu to all things here below as well as those dear friends.  That has just as well as those that have long since gone before us.  This thought long I order but with it in full view I praised to the most.

[In] part of my letter I mean the commission charged in my agreement and to cut the matter short as possible.  If I am wrong I will retract in a moment but if I am right, I ought to be paid.   Indeed it is what you have repeatedly requested me to do to change and you would present it to the house.  I am sure you do not wish to wrong me but such is the strong constitution of the human mind that it cannot often reason with impartiality when its own interest is at stake.  I would therefore propose to leave it to some gentlemen merchants to determine which may be done without betraying our situation by inquiring what is customary in such & such cases.  But I do not think that Wm Bell or yourself does for men that you have an oppos__ of merchant money.  I shall hear any reply.  What you insinuate respecting our settlement when you were last in town as I concive you all together wrong here.  The paper will speak.  But I wish not to offend you especially as there are but two of us left now.  I hope and pray we will live in amity.  Nay I will sacrifice almost every p___, any consideration on the alter of peace.

But how came you to forget that which at present concerns me & most of our family most.  I mean Bella Williamson’s return.  In the first letter you say she will deliver it to me and she does not come & in your second you do not mention her.

Alas my dear brother, our feelings are different affected but notwithstanding what I have said above if upon cool reflection you think I ought to do all that I have done for Mr. Wm Knox & Mr. Tha Usher without the least reward whatever and act consistent with the duty I owe my family, leave circumstances out of the question.  I can almost promise to abandon my claim indeed.  I have it in my power to them that Mr. Knox thinks that I deserve a commission.  He promised the first time in or done after you paid the company that if I charge no commission you would make me a present of a Pipe of Maderia Wine for what I done that year but it never came and you must remember that I often told you that I thought hard to spend my time and attention for nothing for a person that would not thank me for it at a future day but I shall for the present leave you to your own reflection.  In the mean time I am your affectionate                                                             John McCulloh

P Since writing the above Bella Williamson has arrived safe in the evening.  I have paid Eden Shatwell L624.6.10 which nears the sum I’ve from Yorktown.  You here inclosed Jos Harpers note.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 235


Anna’s death – 2

29 March 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I send you Bella Williamson.  May she prove that which you expect – a good housekeeper.  It is her sisters wish as well as mine that she return here in September or sooner if you can spare her.  The separating her from her sister can only be justified by the pressing necessity of the occasion.  With this idea I suffer to depart and have no doubt you will concur with me in feeling for her sisters being.  I may say entirely left alone in a strange place deprived of the only relation who could be upon the fasting of a companion to her – however they both cheerfully submit to the separation for the time before specified.  Wishing her safely to your protection I remain my Dear John                                                                                                  Yours affect J McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 201

Anna’s death

Background:  John Mcculloh b. 1747’s first wife was Anna Todd.  She died February 19, 1789, two weeks after their eighth child was born.  No letter was found from John to his brother saying what happened.  Isabella (Bella) Williamson is John and James’ niece, daughter of their sister Ann (called Nancy in this letter).

12 March 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I have most attentively read your two last letters and am sincerely affected by their contents and if I could by any advise or exertion mitigate your distress most gladly would.  I use my endeavor to effect it, but too well I am assured of my inability.

I have spoke to Bella Williamson who will most gladly go to your relief poor girl.  She is much affected by your letter.  She will be ready about the middle of next week when I will endeavor to procure her most able company.

I have Wm Knox orders to send you $400 which is here enclosed – I shall send by Bell $11.30 on a/c of Nancy Williamson.  I have her money but not a note for that sum.  Your letter to Doctor Todd shall be attended to – and am Dr [Dear] John                                                                                                                       Yours very affeactionately, James McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 196