William Finley Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, discussing his studies at South Carolina College and requests she send him a ham, turkey or "a pair of fowls" he can share with his classmates.
Letter from Esther Hutson Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, listing wedding? gifts purchased for her brother, Edward, including silver waiters, oyster forks, a case of scissors, a jewel box and a pair of candlesticks.
Esther Hutson Barnwell writes to brother, Stephen Elliott Barnwell, from Asheville, NC, where she is visiting her sister, Ann Barnwell Mazyck, for the christening of her goddaughter. Barnwell alludes to the upcoming marriages of Stephen and their brother, Allard, and mentions a trip to Cincinnati by another brother, Joseph.
Esther Hutson Barnwell, Columbia, writes to sister, Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell tells Catherine of an upcoming "club" meeting where members take turns reading Byron's "Bride of Abydos" and describes a recent dance party she and their brother, William Finley Barnwell, attended.
Letter from Elizabeth Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, describing her stay in Columbia with her siblings at their older brother's house. Barnwell writes of getting free tickets to see a performance of the "Lilliputian Band", a group of five "little negroes", and comments on her brother's kitchenware, including a description of a chafing dish heated with camphene.
Elizabeth Barnwell writes her father, William H. W. Barnwell, of their leisurely time spent on the family plantation, Laurel Bay, riding horses and visiting family. Included is a short note from Elizabeth's mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, to her husband.
Elizabeth Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, with news from Columbia and South Carolina College. Barnwell describes the events surrounding the shooting death of a man by James H. Rion that probably prevented Rion from being elected a professor of mathematics at the college.
Elizabeth Barnwell writes to an unknown correspondent about the social scene in Columbia and news at the South Carolina College, and describes a performance by musicians Sigismond Thalberg and Henri Vieuxtemps she attended in Columbia.
Letter from Elizabeth Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, describing her visit to Columbia where she is staying with her brother, Robert Woodward Barnwell. Elizabeth writes of homesickness and mentions the funeral of Col. Wade Hampton.