Loosely "bound" volume titled "American Letters" consists of letters (1888-1890) of Theodore Grimke Drayton-Grimke from his siblings visiting in the United States and from some of his American cousins, with a few copies of his replies.
Long humorous letter written by Theodore Drayton Grimke-Drayton from Offenbach, Germany (1840s?) to his mother describing taking a break from his studies, visiting small towns, castle ruins, going fishing and the dangerous prank he undertook scaling a tower in the duchy of Walsaw, the village of Falkenstein.
A newspaper clipping announcing an "Anniversary Meeting" of the Literary and Philosophical Society of South Carolina, to take place in Charleston on Chalmers Street at the "Depository." The clipping lists the elected officers of the Society.
A letter from Glen Drayton to his brother (Thomas Drayton?) asking him to protect and care for his children whom he has put under the care of a Mrs. Foster, with a mention of advice from General Pinckney.
An unaddressed letter from Theodore Drayton-Grimke requesting that borrowed money be returned to him. Drayton-Grimke writes that he needs the sum at once to pay the post office, his fencing instructor, and to purchase a mathematics book.
A portion of a will possibly belonging to Thomas Drayton in which Drayton specifies the ways in which he would like his slaves distributed. The writer also wills several "hacks" and tracts of land on the Ashley River.
An undated eight-page letter including a copy of a note by George Washington and Colonel Roberts' response. Washington's letter outlines the consolidation of the armed forces of the states into one Continental Army as well as outlines plans for modeling the new army. Washington references the awarding of rank and initiating a system of compensation for injured soldiers and the wives and family of fallen soldiers. Roberts' response critiques Washington's plans, stating that officers require better stockpiles of supplies, not better pay, to improve the state of their armies. Roberts furthermore critiques Washinton's system of promotions.
A letter (1756) referencing the recruitment of Indians as troops, written by William Shirley (1694-1771), who served as the Governor of Massachusetts and a commander, after Braddock, of British troops in the French and Indian War.
Two-sided fragment possibly written by John F. Grimke to an unknown recipient regardng his inability to acquire the number of "negroes" required by a quota. The writer recommends that slaves be taken from the plantations of Mrs. Colleton, John and James Smyth, Sir John Nesbitt, or Elias Ball.
John F. Grimke's military service rosters begin with a list of 79 soldiers that were once in Captain Beckman's company, but apparently transferred to Captain Grimke's Company of the South Carolina Artillery Regiment upon Beckman's promotion to Major continues with a list and description of Grimke's company.
Letter from John Milton (circa 1740-1817), prisoner of war in St. Augustine, Florida, writing to Brigadier General (Lachlan?) McIntosh, under a flag of truce, explaining his condition and desire for release.