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.
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.
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.
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 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.
William Finley Barnwell, recently stationed at Fort Johnson, SC, writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, asking for clothing and other supplies. According to Barnwell, his pay as lieutenant is "over a thousand dollars including servant & food" though few supplies have been sent to the fort.
William Finley Barnwell writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, from his station on Sullivan's Island. Barnwell writes about the need of supplies, cloth, needles, etc., his plans for using his pay and the daily anticipation of a fight with the federal troops.
Letter from Ann Barnwell Mazyck to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, describing a persistent fever and the treatments she undertook to cure it. She also writes of Beaufort family and friends visiting the family plantation, Laurel Bay, and of her upcoming plans to visit Bay Point for recreation.
Letter from Ann Barnwell Mazyck to sister, Mary Elliott Barnwell, with a description of her two young children and the preparations they are making in advance of moving to a farm near Flat Rock, NC. The last page is written by her sister, Esther Hutson Barnwell, instructing Mary to care for her house plants.
Letter from Joseph W. Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, informing her of his success with his United States Court examination. He jokingly describes his first trial, a larceny case, as a "brilliant debut" before conceding that he "did not say a word -- the case was too clear."