Letter from E, possibly Elizabeth Osborn Barnwell Flanders, to "sister" Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Elizabeth writes of winterizing her Philadelphia home, a scalding accident involving her two children and the beginning of another pregnancy.
Letter from Edward Barnwell at Niagara Falls to sister, Elizabeth Barnwell. Barnwell describes riding over a wire bridge into Canada and taking a steamboat to the base of the falls. He alludes to a recent accident in which a man "held on 22 hours" to a snag in the river and details their plans to travel on to Montreal, Quebec and New York City.
Letter from Edward Barnwell at the University of Virginia, to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, at the family plantation, Laurel Bay, near Beaufort. Barnwell discusses the recent jailing of two fellow students including one who shot another man. According to Barnwell, most students "are in the habit ...of going armed" a practice he calls "blackguard and cowardly." Barnwell relates his plans for travel in the summer months and laments not going to the recent inauguration of Franklin Pierce.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to father, William H. W. Barnwell, discussing his standing in his class and mentioning a petition from students at the University of Virginia to join a "Southern Rights Association."
Letter from Edward Barnwell to father, William H. W. Barnwell, describing visits to Bay Point and their family plantation, Laurel Bay, near Beaufort. Barnwell writes of a large devil fish caught off Bay Point and informs his father of the status of the crops and slaves at Laurel Bay.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to father, William H. W. Barnwell, congratulating him on the birth of another child. Barnwell also describes the increase in strictness under President Thornwell at South Carolina College.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to father, William H. W. Barnwell, describing how the "thin nag" his father ridiculed had turned into a beautiful and well trained horse that he was able to sell for a profit.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to mother and sister, both Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell describes the cuisine in France and the cessation of all work during meals and notes the success he is having in securing orders for cotton.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, with news from South Carolina College. Barnwell writes of avoiding dancing at a recent party and gives his opinion of Charleston "beer."