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."
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, concerning his return to classes at South Carolina College. Barnwell writes about the shock at finding his room empty of his belongings before learning that the "tenement boy" had secured his possessions in the library due to several robberies over the summer.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell, Beaufort, to father, William H. W. Barnwell. Barnwell tells his father of his return from Bay Point and informs him of the ill health of his Uncle Robert's young child.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, discussing his plans for the following summer. Barnwell writes that since he has given up on going to balls he should be able to stay at home more next summer and "not trouble Papa by being out."
Birthday greetings from Robert Woodward Barnwell to sister, Elizabeth Barnwell. Barnwell describes several parties he has attended lately, including an elaborate one at John Preston's house where "$18,000 worth of silver was exposed!"
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, informing her that the health of Col. Preston has forced him to temporarily vacate the presidency of South Carolina College and that Dr. Francis Lieber will assume the role. Barnwell also requests a box of "eatables" he can share with his tenement mates, having "dined pretty amply" in boxes they have received from home.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, finalizing his yearly expenses at South Carolina College and informing her of his plans to take friends with him when visiting Charleston for winter break.