Letter from Mary Hutson Wigg Barnwell, New York, to Catherine Osborn Barnwell, Charleston. Mary Barnwell describes her travel to Newport and New York and discusses her plans concerning her return to Beaufort.
Letter from Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell discusses South Carolina Reconstruction politics and the dissatisfaction with Governor Robert Scott, and details a day trip with fellow students to explore castle ruins along the Werre River southwest of Gottingen.
Letter from Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, to sister, Esther Hutson Barnwell, commenting on the business-like characteristic of German marriages, his taking weekly tea with the "Fraulein" landlady to improve his German, and the frankness of Germans in regard to personal matters.
Letter from Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, to sister, Mary Elliott Barnwell, with details of his instruction in German, a description of local ice skaters and an amusing comparison between the Beaufort newspaper and the London Times.
Letter from Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell writes of trying to speak only German, a task made harder by an increase in other Americans arriving in Gottingen, and discusses the current state of Prussian political and military affairs.
Letter from Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell writes of attending a performance of a men and boy's choir visiting from Hanover, comments on his inexperience with cold winters and describes a large, traveling market of peddlers which descends on the city four times a year.
Letter from Joseph W. Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, informing her of his success with his United States Court examination. He jokingly describes his first trial, a larceny case, as a "brilliant debut" before conceding that he "did not say a word -- the case was too clear."
Letter from Joseph S. Large, Maumee City, OH., to William H. W. Barnwell, editor of the "Episcopal Protestant," returning issues of the periodical that were sent to him. Large writes "the editor would be much benefitted, I should think, by a few months residence at some retreat for the insane."
Letter from John Coles Singleton, Columbia SC, to daughters, Mary and Rebecca, Charlottesville, VA. Singleton writes of an elaborate ceremony honoring the Palmetto Regiment of South Carolina volunteers for their service in the Mexican War. (Mary Singleton would later wed Robert W. Barnwell).