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 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."
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to Edgar B. Day discussing the religious conversion of family members and mutual friends. Barnwell also touches upon slavery and the religious instruction of slaves, writing that "our religious friends at the North form mistaken views of us at the South on this subject."
Letter of thanks from Sarah Dehon of the Charleston Protestant Episcopal Domestic Missionary Society to Revd William H. W. Barnwell for remarks made on their behalf during a recent sermon given by Barnwell.
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to friend Edgar B. Day. Barnwell writes of the death of a sister and the birth of a son, and asks Day for advice on making amends for his injurious conduct to others while at law school in Litchfield, Conn.