Yellow Fever – 2

4 September 1802 from Philadelphia – Mary McCulloh to Andrew McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

As we have been anxiously waiting a letter from one of you and not knowing the course of your silence, I am again tempted to write you although you have never noticed the other.  We are all at button wood hall and we are only forty tons in family.  I think I hear you and W.P. say therein is fine houseful indeed.  There is, but each on have their separate apartments.  Uncle Bringhurst came out.  He says he was obliged to come because all his acquaintances had left  him and there was no business a doing, for our City never was so soon deserted.  Had it not been so it is supposed it would have been very fatal this season but several families have been so imprudent as to return and have been taken ill.  I fear we will not be able to return until after the frost.  Mama went this day week to Uncle Porters and took three of the children.  Uncle Bringhurst and myself went up with her.  I suspect her home next week.

Mr. Murdock and family are up at Wolfs and Miss Dolly is with their poor women.  I think her afflictions are most at an end.  She is now under an observation and cannot rest nights or on day.  She is confined to her bed.  Aunt Shute had a letter from Uncle Simmons.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 4, frame 127


Western Lands

5 October 1798 – from Andrew McCulloh

A friend fell victim to the prevailing disease with many other friends.  My father and brother set out for Pittsburg 5 weeks ago.


18 October 1798 from Philadelphia –  Andrew McCulloh to his sister Isabella McCulloh

My dear Isabella,

Your affectionate letter of the 3 Inst. came to hand just as I was setting out with Mama for to visit Col. Porter.  I hope this will in some degree induce you to forgive me for not writing sooner.  From the Col. we went to see R. Porter & his lady who were blessed the day before with a fine son.  We returned in the evening to Uncles and who do you think should find us knapping the next morning but Father and Sammy. This you can easily imagine was a very agreeable surprise.

They have both returned in good health & much pleased with the many beauties of the Western Country.  There is now nothing wanting but Mama’s consent to move out.  How she will decide I know not but am in hopes she will meet his wishes.

I am very happy to congratulate you on your safe arrival after so fatiguing & perilous journey.  Indeed I was very apprehensive that you and Betsy would not be able to stand it out, but I trust you are now enjoying good health & every good pleasure that Boston affords.  I have attended to all you requested excepting the trunk which be assured I will endeavor to send you the first opportunity altho I cannot promise how soon as the fevor still continues its dreadful ravages in our devoted City.  No vessel will attempt to come up or down until sickness ceases to rage.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frame 411, 413

Family Happenings – 2

Background:  Anna (Williamson) Pierce is the niece of John McCulloh (b. 1747), one of three daughters of his sister Ann.  Ann’s other two daughters were Elizabeth and Isabella.  John’s daughter, Mary was 17 years old at the time of this letter.

4 November 1798 from Baltimore – Anna Pierce to John McCulloh

My Dear Uncle,

I hope by this time that you and your family are settled in your city without being under any apprehension from the fever.  The weather even here being such as to remove any contagious disease had it existed.  I feel anxious to know your determination with respect to settling back.  I would wish to flatter myself with the idea that their will be such plans pursued by your citizens, as to remove the disease from raging again with such unbounded violence.  We had a letter two days ago from Sister [Elizabeth] Pierce.  She and Isabella are well.  She  mentions her being much pleased with the people in Boston, has found her little Levi a sweet prattler and anticipates a great degree of happiness in undertaking his care.

And now my Uncle don’t you laugh and say who would have thought it.  Betsy [Elizabeth Williamson Pierce] a mother before Nancy [Anna Williamson Pierce].  Ay and married eight years before her but whatever is right, and as I have not been so happy as to have a child of my own, I wish to be indulged with one of yours, which is Mary flattering myself that you cannot have the very smallest objection of intrusting her under the care and attention of such a man as Mr. Pierce.  I shall hope you will determine in the course of a few days.  With respect to her preparation for coming down, tis of little consequence, our fashion here are different from yours and you will please to let that rest on me when she arrives in our city.  If you do not meet with a friend to take charge of her in coming down, no doubt Mr. P will know of an opportunity.  You will let me know this week and observe, I am but seldom refused what I ask for and altho Mary may refuse coming down from her not having much knowledge of me, yet if she will wish the venture I hope we shall pass many happy days together and I am sure you and my Aunt will find company sufficient in the remainder.

It is at present a very busy time with Mr. P.  He is up till the middle of each night and me poor body entirely alone, not even a cradle to rock.  As to Mary’s Mamma having any objection to her coming to live with me, I am pretty sure their cannot be any and if Pappa objects from any principle tis the last request that Niece A. P. shall make.  You will please write to me by next post and if Mary can be ready by Tuesday week state I will go out a few miles in a stage to meet her.  You will please give my love to Aunt and family.  Kiss her sweet Isabella for me.

Uncle, Aunt Pannell and family are very well and now my Dear Uncle may every blessing attend you and your sweet family                                                                         Your affectionate niece Anna Pierce

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frames 389-391