Family Happenings – 15

No date – Andrew McCulloh to Anna McCulloh (In his estate papers)

Your very affectionate letter my dear Mother was duly received and now thankfully acknowledged through the politeness of friend Cressin.

Had I supposed for a moment that the Barrel with its contents could have been of welcome I certainly would not have so long delayed & deliberated in sending it.  To tell the truth I was mortified to find it only half full of apples and not a little puzzled to know how to fill it up.  The strange mixture of its contents did not by any means please me and was almost confident it would not you.  But was overruled in my opinion by the girls and much pleased to find they were right & myself so greatly disappointed.

But I am very sorry to lean by your letter to Sister Mary as well tome, that James has deemed it necessary to tease you about his expenses while living with Porter McCulloh.  If I ever gave you or him a promise or any expectation that I would bear the expense of clothing him & sending him to French School, I must ever regret having such a treacherous memory.  For I declare to you I never intended it now even for a moment so considered it, indeed it would be strange.  If I had when we could have a choice of Boys for finding them only boarding or washing and in some instances when the parents were willing to fund everything.  Since he left me, I have had two and the offer of a third lad of the first respectable to serve me and the parents to fund them everything.

But I can easily perceive how the mistake has arose and trust can explain it to your satisfaction.  Taken you spoke of the different expenses of clothing and teaching of French, at this distance of time I cannot pretend to recollect the very words, but if I am not very much mistaken and deceived the purport of my answer was that if he came to live with us we would have to board him as well as ourselves for some time.  That we could easily spare him the time and no doubt procure him a situation in some French family where he would have a much better opportunity of acquiring the language than if he remained at home with you.  That in regard to his clothing, it was customary in the retail dry goods stores for young men to have the privilege of all or any articles at prime cost – of ___ the expense of his clothes would be less with us than if he remained with you.

I was already considering an advance for him, but fully hoped one day to make me ample returns.  I could not refuse but immediately paid off every cent he owed, even a Balance against him in Akins Books.  Besides putting property to a considerable amount under his control in order to encourage and enable him to do something for himself, the greater part of which is still outstanding.

Believe me I do not mean to take any particular merit to myself for I consider I have only acted as one Brother would towards another and have merely mentioned it to you to share the difference.  There is something to be met with in the disposition of brothers.

James I believe possesses an honest principal as John did, but then the disposition of their hearts are very different.  As it is, James has no one to blame but himself – he was well aware of every circumstance attached to my business.  Thus mulish delay in speaking his mind to me in time has placed it totally out of my power.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 195

Brotherly Wrangling – 7

Background:  It is not specified in this letter, but the conversation refers to the lawsuit that took place with the family suing Samuel over their father’s western lands.

2 February 1841 – James W. McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I have just heard of and seen the Sun Intelligence of the death of Pro Jacob Green, which the Patriot supplies from the Phil U.S. Gazette.  Richard had received the enclosed letter for you ___ the afternoon, but we held until just now.  No reason to suppose that it bore you ill tidings.  Is that info immediate delivery would be most proper.  I send the letter and paper so as to enable you if your health permits, to go to Anna in the morning – or if this may not be, that Samuel might go.  The Cars leave here at nine in the morning.

She will feel very desolate, her affection invites you to her side.  You feel or have felt that you were wronged – perhaps injured.  The occasion presents the opportunity to forgive and I pray your pardon whilst I affectionately advise you, in the goodness of your heart to forgive every one.

If you can make that resolve, I beseech you to go if you can without too much risk or expense of your health.  In the Cars getting nice to the sun, you would not be cold.

My own engagements are so many and imperative that I may find it impossible to obey the impulse of my own heart, which would take me instantly to Anna.  If you go, you and Anna will be happier for it during the rest of your days and going there after learning first determined to forgive all who may have trespassed against you.  The intercourse with such not be uncomfortable to them or you.  There need be no unpleasant recollections called to mind, no explanations asked for, or offered.  A kind bracing will be sufficient and the best inden to the good will you prefer to extend to all.

Think with me on this occasion, if you can, and believe that I have made these suggestions wholly from a desire to confirm and enlarge your own happiness and Anna’s.

Affectionately your brother, Jas. W. McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 157, 158

Brotherly Wrangling – 6

No date – William McCulloh vs Samuel McCulloh

William sues to recover sums of money from (his father) John McCulloh’s estate

15 September 1836 from Boston – William McCulloh to James W. McCulloh

Dear Brother,

Herewith you have my power of attorney to [know] when to settle with Dr. Samuel.  I have delayed it this long on purpose to hear previously the fate of my dfs [defense] on him.  You have also a copy of my letter of 3rd isnt, also his letters to me, which is rather a curiosity.  Altho he seems quite guarded, yet it may go to know that he admits my claim as an heir to the estate.  I am very anxious that it may be swiftly to a close, especially in Mother & sisters a/c.

You mention he says in a few years he will be able to dispose of the lands to advantage.  A little money will probably be of more service ___ now than a larger sum a few years hence.  Please let me hear from you.  You can write by vessels going out from your port for Port a Prince or you can send your letters here addressed to care of Messrs Robinson & Plumer who will forward them directly.  Shall embark in three weeks for Jamaica.

Truly yours,  William McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 72, 75

Brotherly Wrangling – 5

29 August 1834 – Sarah B. McCulloh to James W. McCulloh

Dear Brother,

Mama addressed a letter to you on the 5th of this month consulting you professionally as to the proper course to be pursued in order to bring about a settlement with our Brother Saml of the affairs of our deceased father’s estate of which he was executor.  That letter was written conformity with the views of all the heirs of the estate residing here and I write this to you at the request of Sisters Margaret, Isabella, Ann & Eleanor in order that you may be appraised that in any measures you may deem it expedient to pursue you have our entire concurrence.

I am affectionately your sister, Sarah B. Mcculloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 498

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

Western lands – 4

10 February 1810 – Anna McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Sammy,

I received your letter of the 8 with the enclosed $200 and fifty cents.  I am glad to hear that you have got so much of the purchase money of Mr. Davis as you have.  He certainly will fulfill his engagement rather than forfeit the money he has paid.  I am pleased to hear you have sold some more of the lands and have a prospect of getting money for it.  I shall be pleased if you can make it convenient to be the bearer of the deed yourself.  If you cannot, you will please to give particular directions how I am to proceed in this business.

Mr. David Todd is still with us but expects to leave this about the 6 or 10 of March.  He says he will write you before he goes if he don’t go through Baltimore which he wishes very much.  John Todd stays till after examination.  We have all enjoyed our usual share of health this winter, except colds.  I have not heard from George.  It was fortunate they did not come on our coast this cold winter.

Give my love to James.  Tell him I should be pleased to see him as he is a free man he must pay us a visit.  Margaret mentioned in a letter to Mary you wished a copy of the inventory of Andrew’s effects which I have sent you which you will see on the next page.

Give my love to all my children and friends.  Kiss Ann Eliz for me.  Tell her Uncle William is grown up boy now.  I must bid you farewell as the children come in from church and make no small talk.

The next page is a list of Andrew’s inventory – Trunk 1, 5.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 75, 76

James W. McCulloh

23 December 1809 from Philadelphia – James W. McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

Dear Brother,

Your last favor came duly to hand which was welcomed by a joy of receiving more of your kind advice for certainly you cannot suppose I consider it as ill natured remarks. No Sir.  I assure you it is rec’d by me as marks of your kindness & good wishes for my advancement in life.  it was in but one particular that I thought you rather hard upon me which was that of calling my Brothers & Sisters to my assistance.  Because Mama & Brother Sammy generally reads your letters to me, any advice that you may think proper to bestow on me for the future shall be attended to to the utmost of my ability.  I thank you for your kind congratulations on the profession & situation which I have made choice of for my future business.  Mr. Knox is certainly as capable of affording me knowledge of business in general as anyone else as far as I am able to judge. It gives me pleasure to serve him.  [unreadable] paying strict attention to his admonitions I will reap great advantage.  It is true that to attention must be added the strides of integrity & honor for a man without these stands very low in the rank of this life.  I shall strive to adhere to them by calling to my remembrance, the many good instructions of a departed parent whose name shall ever be held dear to me, while I have the honor of hearing it for it is certainly as you observe an honor to me to hear his name who was affectionate & worthy Father.  Indulgent friend, may I ever be guided by his instructions, follow the paths which he has followed & laid open unto us.  For I trust his ways were pleasant & his end everlasting peace.  Happy indeed would it be for us at the close of our lives to receive his [Christ’s] merited award which I hope is laid up for all those who believe & trust in him who was meek & lowly of heart.

A thousand thanks my dear brother for the good wishes you express’d for my health & happiness.  I can only return that fortune may crown you with success in business is my sincere wish.

I suppose that good news of Mr. Thomas Jefferson’s being elected as president operates very well on you.  I think the Carolinians managed the business exceedingly well and it must be mortifying to Mr. Adams to be taken so sudden from chief Magistrate of the nation to subject.  I believe the people in general would now have been much displeased if Mr. Adams had been elected so that they put Mr. Jefferson in as vice pres’t in expectations that Mr. Adams would be too old to serve again & would resign.  In that time the republican party would be but a poor chance of electing their favorite Mr. Pinchry.

With due respect and affection I remain yours truly J. W. McCulloh

Ps.  Had there an opportunity offered by private hand, I would have sent it by that person.  But I now hand you this by post thinking it full time to return you an answer.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 72