Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, concerning changes in rooming arrangements and the opening of a new "commons" building at South Carolina College. He also mentions the admittance of an acquaintance or relative, "Stu", who was only narrowly accepted after poor entrance examinations that Barnwell attributes to "the dissimilarity of studies here & at Cambridge."
Robert Woodward Barnwell writes to brother, Edward H. Barnwell, from South Carolina College. Barnwell describes an encampment with his military society and a mock attack by other students from the college.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, informing her that he is fully settled back at South Carolina College and lists some possessions left behind in Charleston, including several books he wants taken to the Apprentice's Library in Charleston.
Robert Woodward Barnwell writes to his father, William H. W. Barnwell, about recent renovations and improvements on the campus of the South Carolina College and tells his father he reads the Charleston Courier daily for news of any Boston ship that might have arrived with his order of winter clothing.
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.
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.
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!"