Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent. Madame Baptiste mentions a letter she received from Bishop Verot of Savannah, recommending a particular sister for their order. Bishop Verot's admittance of the sister's "imagination" has given Madame Baptiste pause writing, "the scourges of communities are precisely those persons of talent and fertile imaginations." May 1, 1862. 8p.
Francis Lynch writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about the health of their sister, Anna, and the 50th anniversary of their parents' wedding, and details his financial situation for the coming year. April 1, 1866. 2p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning a fire at their brother John's house, news at the convent and academy and her fears that Charleston and Cheraw, "on account of the cotton and government stores there," will fall to the enemy. June 1, 1862. 7p.
Letter from Julia Pinckney to her brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch, with news about her family in Walterboro. She also mentions a recent visit to "Bellinger's Plantation" and that "she never saw so many watermelons in my life." August 1, 1860. 4p.
Note from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch written as a letter of introduction for a Capt. George. John extols the virtues of a breech loading cannon exhibited to him by Capt. George and asks the Bishop to see it as well and to "use what influence you have, in trying to have a battery of them made immediately." April 1, 1862. 1p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about their anniversaries as Bishop and Mother Superior and wonders if the Bishop is "as tired of superiority as I am!" She also writes of a local murder in Columbia and a visit to the convent by the wife of "pirate Semmes." March 10, 1864. 8p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch requesting his "Lenten regulations" for the season. She also writes of putting most of her money in the stockpiling of provisions "before the new currency comes in." February 10, 1864. 4p.
Letter from Francis Lynch in Cheraw to Bishop Patrick Lynch mentioning the suspension of the shelling in Charleston and the news that he has had an offer on the house of their deceased brother, James. September 10, 1863. 2p.
Letter from Madame Antonia to Bishop Patrick Lynch asking him, while he is in Europe, to speak to the General Superior of her order on the proper procedures concerning a mentally ill nun who has been taken from the convent by her mother. June 10, 1864. 6p.
Letter from Madame Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste reports that the "Charleston refugees" do not like Rev. O'Connell, and suggests if the Bishop wanted to make a change in the priest assignments in Columbia now is the time "to break up this nest of (blank)." September 10, 1862. 4p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about plans to move the Convent and Academy out of downtown Columbia after the war and mentions the death and funeral of Confederate General Smith. She also writes of brother Hugh's new position as aid to General Beauregard in Charleston and informs the Bishop that his "boy" sent up from Charleston to work on one of the Bishop's properties may have "gone to the yankees." October 10, 1862. 8p.
Letter from Francis Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning a delay in weighing a load of cotton. The payment for the cotton would help Francis cover a recent draft made on the Bishop's account. January 10, 1863. 1p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news at the Ursuline Convent and Academy and her attempt to contact a publisher concerning her intentions to retain the copyright to the "Ursuline Manual" and ask for ten cents per copy sold. April 5, 1860. 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news at the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste writes that one of the "Philadelphia sisters" is going back and that she has written Bishop Wood asking for a "strong able-bodied washerwoman" in return. April 16, 1860. 4p.
Second letter from Francis Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch on this date. Francis has enclosed $25 dollars towards the schooling expenses of the children being sent to Charleston and writes that they have been "accorded free passage on the RRd's." April 23, 1860. 1p.
Letter from Robert Lynch to his parents from Combree, France, where he is studying for the priesthood. Robert writes at length about a debilitating episode of constipation he has recently recovered from. April 24, 1860. 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste asks the Bishop to take care of the personal effects of Sister Theresa's brother who was recently killed in action. She also writes of having the Bishop's slave "Isaac" at the Convent as a gardener and, impressed by his work, would like to hire him "by the year." July 11, 1862. 4p.
Letter from Francis Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch asking the Bishop if it is okay to draw a draft in his name for $800 at the Merchants Bank of Cheraw. He also mentions that recent heavy rains have allowed him to successfully use the river to ship several flats of bark. June 9, 1860. 3p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about the upcoming Distribution Day at the Ursuline Academy and hopes to establish a firm date to notify the parents. The children, she adds, are "complaining so much of heat weakness that we are anxious to liberate them from their studies...and not have them getting sick on our hands." June 12, 1860. 2p.
Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning a tax collector seeking payment from the Convent. John is unsure of the Convent's tax liability and asks the Bishop for assistance. He hopes the Bishop can travel to Columbia from Charleston soon to attend to the matter but writes, "I fear from the stopping of the telegraph today that the war has commenced." April 12, 1861. 2p.
Second letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch on this date. John describes a flag the Ursulines have made for the Emmett Guards writing, "it is the common infantry size, on one side blue, with Palmetto tree, with an Irish Harpleaning against the trunk..." He has heard the guard may be disbanding and, if so, asks the Bishop to offer it for sale to "some of your Irish Companies." He informs the Bishop that the telegraph is working again and they are being deluged with news about the attack on Fort Sumter. April 12, 1861. 3p.