Robert Woodward Barnwell, Beaufort, writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, Charleston, about temperance speeches he has been attending and the increase in local support for the temperance cause and lists family members who both support and oppose it.
Robert Woodward Barnwell, Beaufort, SC, writes to his brother William H. W. Barnwell in "Pendleton Village" of efforts by Robert Barnwell Rhett to get William his own congregation and church in Charleston.
Robert Woodward Barnwell writes to sister, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, about her education and describes the improvements in the Steward's Hall at the South Carolina College, including fancy silverware, new tables and a new cook "fresh from Daniel Webster's kitchen."
Robert Woodward Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, of his plans to spend his summer vacation in spiritual work with the Confederate Army, specifically at hospitals near Manassas, VA, where he hopes to bring along a "Corps of Lady nurses."
Robert Woodward Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, about a washing machine he has purchased for her and includes a recipe for soap. He also informs her of a calf he is sending via his servant "Aleck" and tells her to "let the negroes know that if it is missing, I will have every one on the plantation punished."
Robert Woodward Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, from Laurel Bay Plantation. Barnwell writes of the well-being of the family, the health and spiritual training of the servants and neglect of the livestock by the slaves, and requests his mother to send a pineapple from Charleston to be served as dessert for an upcoming dinner party.