Letter from Nathaniel B. Heyward to his brother James B. Heyward admonishing him for his infrequent letters. Nathaniel also mentions the loss of negroes from their uncle's and cousin's plantations near Savannah claiming that he wouldn't "mind the loss of property so much as that the poor creature's have not had time for repentance." 4p.
Letter from Nathaniel Heyward at Combahee to his grandson James in Cambridge, Mass. In his letter, Nathaniel provides additional monies to pay James' debts and reprimands him for his extravagance. Nathaniel mentions that James' brother, Nathaniel, has bought a house in Beaufort and is building "a lofty one at White Hall." He tells James that when he returns from college in October "being of age (21) - I shall resign my administration, and leave you with the rice crop." He also notes that all is peaceful and well at Combahee, "notwithstanding the Growls of the Abolitionist." 3p.
Letter from Nathaniel Heyward at Combahee to his grandson James B. Heyward. Nathaniel mentions a cargo of rice he is sending to Ladson and Co., the disappointing rice crop, and a broken water wheel shaft at Rose Hill plantation that "stops all our pounding at No. 6 & 7 for this winter." 2p.
Letter from Nathaniel Heyward from "Blue House" to his grandson James Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. Nathaniel provides additional monies for James to replace his lost wardrobe and writes how "the excitement for the West is ruining So. Ca. The negroes as well as the white population are moving off in great numbers." 4p.
Letter from Nathaniel Heyward to his mother describing his voyage to Philadelphia and his first few days in town. Nathaniel writes about his distaste at seeing so many people engaged in "that abominable tavern life" and describes his unassuming lodgings. 2p.
Letter from Nathaniel Heyward, Sr. to Mary Barnwell, mother-in-law of his son Nathaniel (II), thanking her for her letter of condolence and catching her up on the news of their mutual grandchildren, Edward and Nat. 3p.
Letter from Nellie B. Clarksall to Miss Heyward enclosing the previous letter of Sue Monroe. The letter concerns Miss Heyward's attempt to locate the remains of her uncle Nathaniel Heyward (II) who had died at the Second Battle of Bull Run. 3p.
Letter from R. Means to Mary Barnwell. The letter is thought to refer to the final interment of her son-in-law Nathaniel Heyward, Jr. next to his deceased wife, Hetty, the daughter of Mrs. Barnwell. 1p.
Letter from R.B. Rhett to James B. Heyward offering his condolences upon hearing of the death of James' son, Nathaniel, in Virginia (Manassas). R.B. Rhett expresses his sorrow at not being able to thank Nathaniel for the kindness he showed his son, Robert, at the battle of Gaines' Mill. 2p.
Letter from Rev. A.J. Leavenworth in Petersburg, Virginia, to James B. Heyward thanking him for the daguerreotypes of his daughters. He writes at length about the beauty and charm of James Heyward's recently departed daughter Charlotte and concludes the letter with several suggestions for epitaphs. 8p.
Letter from Samuel Wragg Ferguson at Fort Walla Walla in the Washington Territory to his godmother. Ferguson comments on his daily routine and writes about his beloved horse, his dogs and his whiskey-drinking friend Major Green. 4p.
Letter from Samuel Wragg Ferguson from West Point to his godmother. He writes about the mild winter at West Point this season, a rash of recent cadet accidents and his longing to be "warmed by a Dockon fire." 5p.
Letter from Samuel Wragg Ferguson from West Point to his godmother. Ferguson writes about his studies in philosophy and chemistry and relates an amusing tale of a friend visiting overnight who had to hide under his bed during a surprise inspection. He mentions that he has read that Professor Miles was elected mayor of Charleston and hopes that "he will keep the streets a little cleaner" and "will have the battery repaired." 5p.
Letter from Samuel Wragg Ferguson from West Point to his godmother. Ferguson writes from a summer encampment that the furlough of the chaplain has delighted the cadets and given him time to write. He mentions the departure of the ill-liked commandant of cadets, Bob Garnett, writing "come who may he cannot be worse." 5p.