Edward Barnwell, having transferred from South Carolina College to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, about the room he has rented near campus. Barnwell describes the university and the city as being "against credit" and asks that money for his full tuition and expenses be sent at once.
Edward Neufville writes to William H. W. Barnwell about the specifics of Rev. John Fielding's conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism commenting that Fielding's "renunciation of the Romish faith will produce a great sensation when it comes to be generally known."
Elizabeth Barnwell writes her father, William H. W. Barnwell, of their leisurely time spent on the family plantation, Laurel Bay, riding horses and visiting family. Included is a short note from Elizabeth's mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, to her husband.
Elizabeth Barnwell writes to an unknown correspondent about the social scene in Columbia and news at the South Carolina College, and describes a performance by musicians Sigismond Thalberg and Henri Vieuxtemps she attended in Columbia.
Elizabeth Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, with news from Columbia and South Carolina College. Barnwell describes the events surrounding the shooting death of a man by James H. Rion that probably prevented Rion from being elected a professor of mathematics at the college.
Esther Hutson Barnwell writes to brother, Stephen Elliott Barnwell, from Asheville, NC, where she is visiting her sister, Ann Barnwell Mazyck, for the christening of her goddaughter. Barnwell alludes to the upcoming marriages of Stephen and their brother, Allard, and mentions a trip to Cincinnati by another brother, Joseph.
Esther Hutson Barnwell, Columbia, writes to sister, Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell tells Catherine of an upcoming "club" meeting where members take turns reading Byron's "Bride of Abydos" and describes a recent dance party she and their brother, William Finley Barnwell, attended.