William H. W. Barnwell, from Laurel Bay Plantation, writes to friend Edgar Day in Catskill, New York. After 4 years without correspondence, Barnwell apprises Day of his marriage, the birth of his first child and his religious conversion during a revival in Gillisonville, SC. He also speaks of forming a local temperance society and hopes to establish "one upon my plantation among my Negroes."
William H. W. Barnwell, at Laurel Bay plantation, writes to Charles DeSaussure in Charleston with specific orders for the layout of the next number of "The Episcopal Protestant" and asks DeSaussure to insist to "Walker", publisher of the paper, that it is printed correctly this time.
William H. W. Barnwell writes to Edgar B. Day about the religious conversion of mutual friends, his busy ministry in Charleston, the plans to build a new Episcopal church in Charleston and recent anti-abolitionist riots in New York City.
William H. W. Barnwell writes to Edgar B. Day about his less than pious youth, his progress in taking religious orders, being called to Pendleton, SC, to preach and the religious instruction of his slaves. He comments that his "Northern Brethren,would not revile me for keeping as bondsmen in the flesh, those who I am striving to make free in the Spirit."
William Finley Barnwell, recently stationed at Fort Johnson, SC, writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, asking for clothing and other supplies. According to Barnwell, his pay as lieutenant is "over a thousand dollars including servant & food" though few supplies have been sent to the fort.
William Finley Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, from his station on Sullivan's Island. Barnwell writes about the need of supplies, cloth, needles, etc., his plans for using his pay and the daily anticipation of a fight with the federal troops.
William Finley Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, discussing his studies at South Carolina College and requests she send him a ham, turkey or "a pair of fowls" he can share with his classmates.
Unknown correspondent writes to William H. W. Barnwell taking exception to an article in the "Episcopal Protestant" that misquotes the author of an article in another newspaper, "The Gospel Messenger."