Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch discussing a new candidate for the Ursuline sisterhood. According to Madame Baptiste, the 58 year old woman has changed her opinion "respecting widows and old ladies becoming nuns." 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch describing her plans to travel with a couple of the Ursuline sisters to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to help start an academy. Madame Baptiste writes that she has yet to tell the sisters which ones she has chosen to accompany her to Alabama. 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste writes to the Bishop that the crop and livestock yields seem to meet the expenses encountered in maintaining them, exclaiming, "I had no idea planting was so remunerative." 8p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch informing him that a Mrs. Cohen would like to see him regarding an issue with her husband, a recently paroled prisoner of war. Madame Baptiste also boasts of the continued numbers of boarders being welcomed to the school but notes that one of the parents believe "our school will stand a poor chance when peace is proclaimed." 4p.
Letter from Madame Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste reports that the "Charleston refugees" do not like Rev. O'Connell, and suggests if the Bishop wanted to make a change in the priest assignments in Columbia now is the time "to break up this nest of (blank)." 4p.
Letter from Madame Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch touching on a variety of topics. She writes of acquiring a piano and "Erhard" harp for the community and muses at length at why there have been no attempts at peace with "Napoleon (III) mediating now." She mentions inoculating the children at the academy for smallpox and describes an awful barrel of flour the Bishop had sent to Columbia. She tells of the horrible condition of the "negroes" in Lancaster writing, "I never have patience with the yankees, except when I think of the abolition of slavery." 8p.
Letter from Mary Lynch Spann in Washington County, Texas, to her brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch. Mary Lynch Spann sends news of her family and comments on the news that the Bishop may visit them in the spring. 4p.
Letter from Michael and Luke Lynch in Roslea, County Fermanagh, Ireland, to Bishop Patrick Lynch in Charleston. In the letter, the uncles of Bishop Lynch give a detailed genealogy of the Lynch family and provide news of the family in Ireland. 3p.
Letter from Robert Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch asking his advice concerning an offer of employment in Le Havre, France. Robert hopes to learn the tanning trade in Europe so that he can find gainful employment when he returns to America when the war ends. 2p.
Letter from Robert Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning employment Robert has found with a tanner in Rennes, France. Robert has heard of the fall of Columbia in the war and fears his parents are "in the hands of the yankees." 3p.