Letter from Selina McCarthy Graham, Edingsville, SC, to Mary Elliott Barnwell, discussing her family's plan to plant some acreage on Edisto Island and the "disgusting society" of Edistonians. She makes fun of her neighbor in Edingsville, a classmate of Mary's, and alludes to the loss of Mary's house.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, Zion Parsonage, to father, William H. W. Barnwell thanking him for the gift of his servant "Aleck the little" and discussing possible future plans for his younger brother, William.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, Zion Parsonage, to sisters, describing the rural nature of the parish he will minister near Columbia and inviting them to visit and assist him in setting up housekeeping in his new cottage. In addition to a servant provided by the parish, Barnwell has been given one of his father's servants, "Aleck the little".
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, Washington, DC, to his brother, William H. W. Barnwell, discussing family, religion and Robert's take on the Nullification crisis writing, "the extreme violence of the President and as I believe his revengeful feelings toward Mr. Calhoun will with the complete apathy of the other Southern States involve us in harm."
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, to father, William H. W. Barnwell, discussing his preliminary preparations for a trip to Europe and his brother Edward's attempt to find employment at "Mr. Huberts office" in Charleston.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, South Carolina College, to father, William H. W. Barnwell. Barnwell discusses getting back into the routine of college after Christmas break and includes a measured floor plan of his room in order for his mother to obtain a carpet for him.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, South Carolina College, to father, William H. W. Barnwell, with his analysis of Sunday sermons at Columbia and the state of affairs of the local temperance society.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, Philadelphia, to sisters. Barnwell describes touring Philadelphia with his cousin, Nathaniel Barnwell Fuller, as they wait to travel to Europe and gives a physical description of the two as noted in their new passports. He also writes of making inquiries with a Naval Commander about ship timber in the hopes his father can make a deal to sell Live Oak lumber from South Carolina.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, New York, to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell describes touring New York City over several days as his steamship, the Franklin, is undergoing repairs before sailing for Europe.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, Erlangen, Germany, to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, informing her of the opening of the Librarianship at South Carolina College and his desire to apply for the position.