Invitation to the wedding and reception of Edward Barnwell and Harriet B. Hayne. Written on the back of the invitation is a note from Harriet stating "Invitation to my wedding 1860 Found in 1910." Enclosed are printed cards bearing the couples' names.
John Singleton Barnwell writes to grandmother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, about losing weight and his health in general and his infrequent contact with his uncles despite the fact that several work nearby.
Joseph Walker Barnwell writes to sister, Esther Hutson Barnwell, from Germany, where he is matriculating at the university in Gottingen. Barnwell describes the difficulty of learning the language, the bathing habits of the Germans and his views on German servants, and comments that the Americans he has met abroad do not distinguish between Northerners and Southerners.
Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, writes to unknown family member discussing the current political situations among the countries of Europe, including England, France, Germany, Austro-Hungary and Russia.
Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, writes to brother, Allard Belin Barnwell. Barnwell talks of how being in Europe has made him more of an "American" rather than a "Southerner" and discusses weekly social activities with his compatriots. He mentions the near universal editorial contempt for a recent magazine article by Harriet Beecher Stowe concerning Lord Byron and hopes a similar "justice" will one day fall on "Uncle Tom's Cabin." He also derides the antics of anti-Catholic preacher, John Cumming, and describes the curious wedding custom of smashing crockery and dinnerware at the door of the bride-to-be.
Letter from Alexander Garden, Charleston, to Capt. Edward Barnwell, Beaufort, discussing the difficulty of publishing and distributing his book (probably "Anecdotes of the Revolutionary War: With Sketches of Character of Persons the Most Distinguished, in the Southern States, for Civil and Military Services").