Letter from William Finley Barnwell at South Carolina College to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, thanking her for a box of food. Barnwell adds that a recently injured eye might prevent him from doing well on his upcoming examinations.
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell in Philadelphia to son Allard Barnwell in Beaufort. Barnwell describes Fourth of July "torpedos" being fired by a young "Elliott" despite Barnwell's warning that "the Mayor and the constables" would lock him up.
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to Edgar B. Day discussing the religious conversion of family members and mutual friends. Barnwell also touches upon slavery and the religious instruction of slaves, writing that "our religious friends at the North form mistaken views of us at the South on this subject."
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to friend Edgar B. Day. Barnwell writes of the death of a sister and the birth of a son, and asks Day for advice on making amends for his injurious conduct to others while at law school in Litchfield, Conn.
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to wife Catherine Barnwell containing excerpts from the journal kept by him and his son, Robert, on their trip by barouche to Columbia, SC. Barnwell writes of passing out tracts and testimonials to travelers he passes including several groups of South Carolina soldiers returning from war in Florida. He notes the places they stop to eat and sleep and describes the countryside they traverse. At Columbia he describes meeting family members, including brother, Robert, and mentions Dr. Francis Lieber on a visit to Columbia College.
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to wife Catherine Barnwell describing his trip to Virginia with his son, Robert. While en route to several springs in Virginia, Barnwell mentions visiting Monticello and describes the run-down condition he finds it in.
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell to wife Catherine Barnwell concerning his stays at Woodward and Laurel Bay plantations near Beaufort, his upcoming trip to "Paris" Island and the slaughter of beef cattle for the upcoming Christmas season.
Letter from William H. W. Barnwell, Greenville, SC, to Catherine Barnwell in Charleston. Barnwell writes to his wife about his travels to upstate South Carolina, including Caesar's Head, and Flat Rock, NC.