Letter from Edward Barnwell, Charleston, to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, in Beaufort. Barnwell writes that his boss has travelled to the north leaving him and another man in charge and thanks his mother for the shipment of melons from Beaufort.
Edward Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, about his weekly trips to the "Island" to escape the summer heat in Charleston and begs his mother to continue sending him melons from Beaufort.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, detailing the effects of a recent hurricane in Charleston, including the destruction of Mr. Barnwell Rhett's cottage on Sullivan's Island near the "Moultrie House".
Letter from Edward Barnwell to father, William H. W. Barnwell, describing how the "thin nag" his father ridiculed had turned into a beautiful and well trained horse that he was able to sell for a profit.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, describing a lawsuit Edward has brought against a Mr. Brown concerning his lost dog. Barnwell mentions a lecture by William Makepeace Thackeray in Charleston and the death of Mrs. James Gadsden, who has bequeathed money to his father.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, while visiting France on business. Edward describes the French countryside and the wealthy "spinners" he has met while seeking purchasers for sea-island cotton and mentions seeing Napoleon III.
Letter from Edward Barnwell to mother and sister, both Catherine Osborn Barnwell. Barnwell describes the cuisine in France and the cessation of all work during meals and notes the success he is having in securing orders for cotton.