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 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.
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 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 Henrietta Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from Cheraw. Henrietta writes of sewing the Bishop some summer "drawers and under shirts" and mentions that "the people of Cheraw find fault with all the Charlestonians because they say they cannot find anything to eat." August 15, 1862. 2p.
Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning preparations being made on one of the Bishop's properties. John writes that "your negroes have not yet arrived" and fears the lack of field hands and a shortage of corn may impact the season's crop. May 24, 1861. 2p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning the upcoming school year at the Academy. She writes about the number of boarders, teachers, reference books, finances and provisions. She also comments on the "blockade paper" her letter is written on and mentions a deserter that the Bishop had attended to prior to his execution. August 29, 1862. 8p.
Unfinished letter (copy?) from Bishop Patrick Lynch to Madame Baptiste. The Bishop suggests that she "lay up a large stock of flour, and rice, and provisions, for it is pretty clear that they will get much dearer." He writes that Charleston is quiet now and he hopes that it will remain so until autumn when "perhaps by that time we may have peace." April 2, 1862. 2p.
Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning provisions for the Bishop's plantation and an offer from two Confederate officers to lease a portion of the Bishop's property for a new powder mill. May 29, 1862. 2p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste relates the news of a local priest who has been embarrassing parishioners lately by publicly chastising them on the amount of their offerings, and who has boarded up several pews belonging to people delinquent in their fees. January 26, 1862. 4p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about finances at the school and convent and wonders if "the state of the country" will alter their usual schedule. She also expresses concern for their brother Hugh, encamped with fellow soldiers on the coast, writing, "it takes some of the comfort out of the fire and bed, when I think of his exposure." January 23, 1862. 4p.
Letter from Henrietta Lynch to brother-in-law, Bishop Patrick Lynch, concerning the slaves of Col. Northrop that the Bishop has asked her husband, Francis, to find a place for. She begs the Bishop to make other arrangements for the slaves saying that her husband is already too busy and "hard on himself" and she fears he will end up taking the slaves and caring for them. She also writes of sending the Bishop some rye with instructions on how to dilute one's coffee with it. Apparently writing without her husband's knowledge, she asks the Bishop to destroy the letter. March 8, 1862. 2p.
Letter from John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch with updates on the Bishop's plantations and news of a large contract for shoes that their brother, Francis, has been awarded by the "central association." To help fulfill the contract Francis has "purchased a negro boy (shoemaker) 16 years old for thirteen hundred dollars." November 20, 1862. 2p.
Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning plans for the Bishop's properties. He also asks the Bishop to send him a horse that the Bishop has been tasked with disposing. September 26, 1862. 2p.
Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning news about the Bishop's properties. John writes that the Lexington plantation continues to be a financial burden and hints at turmoil at the Bishop's Lancaster farm. Several slaves have been brought to Columbia from Lancaster and John suggests to the Bishop to sell them for a profit stating that "I saw some sold here today at pretty good prices." February 2, 1863. 2p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch asking him to procure civilian passes to Charleston for two friends of the convent that Madame Baptiste feels indebted to. One lady wishes to visit her husband who, Madame Baptiste says, "got permission from Gen Beauregard to send us two tierces of rice, when he refused to do the same for any one else." September 23, 1863. 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch detailing her fears of an imminent attack on Charleston. She writes that if the Bishop "should get even a scratch" she would be at his side but later admits that "I respect too much our rule of cloister to think of going without necessity." February 19, 1863. 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste writes about obtaining provisions for the winter and her continuing trouble with one of the sisters. October 5, 1863. 6p.
John Lynch writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch to procure some salt for his plantations and muses on the future plans of the Union army. John suggests that after getting rebuffed at Battery Wagner the yankees might try "running the Gauntlet" past the forts with an overwhelming number of boats. If they could meet up with land forces, John writes, they could take Charleston from the rear and "laugh at the forts." July 23, 1863. 2p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. She hopes that the Bishop will invest $12,000 in the nearby Barhamville Academy to fulfill their long desire to remove the convent and school from downtown Columbia. She also mentions that she is expecting the daughters of several well known people, including that of Mayor Monroe of New Orleans and Confederate General Hindman. August 23, 1863. 8p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste writes about purchasing provisions and asks the Bishop for advice on investing the "thousands of Confederate money" she expects as the pupils arrive for the new school year. July 31, 1863. 4p.
Letter from Henrietta Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch thanking him for the cloth that he sent. She mentions frequent parties being thrown in Cheraw and her dislike of taking refugees on as boarders. January 26, 1864. 4p.
Madame Antonia writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch in Rome imploring him again to speak to the general superior of her order concerning issues at the Carmelite Convent in Baltimore. She mentions the evacuation of Richmond, General Sherman's stay in their hometown of Cheraw and the Ursulines' move from their burned out convent in Columbia to the Bishop's plantation two miles away. April 9, 1865. 8p.