Letter from Bernard Lynch in Columbia to brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch, in Charleston. Bernard, in hopes of becoming superintendent of the Gas Works in Columbia, is seeking any information the Bishop may have on the position. April 5, 1858. 2p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste (Ellen Lynch), from the Brown County, Ohio, Ursuline Convent to brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch, in Baltimore. Madame Baptiste describes how she disguised herself "as a secular" in her travel north and discusses the opening of an academy in Columbia. April 27, 1858. 4p.
Letter from John Lynch in Columbia to Mother Theresa of the Sisters of Mercy in Charleston. John writes the Mother Superior about a potential conflict regarding a child boarding with the Sisters and fears the powerful influence of the child's mother could adversely affect their school. May 11, 1858. 2p.
Letter from Anna Lynch in Cheraw to brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch, in Charleston, concerning the recent illness of their mother. Letter includes a brief message from their brother Francis concerning a $1200 note that he wants the Bishop to endorse. May 21, 1858. 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch describing a visit by their mother to the Ursuline convent in Columbia. She also mentions a letter from a potential novitiate whose guardian is John Breckinridge, Vice President of the U.S. September 12, 1858. 4p.
Francis Lynch, Cheraw, writes to his brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch in Charleston, about a recommendation the Bishop had given to a third party concerning a job applicant. He also discusses their family's health and the business woes of their brother, Hugh. September 21, 1858. 4p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about news at the Ursuline Convent in Columbia and that she is "glad to hear of our boxes, which we began to fear were gone to the fishes." September 29, 1858. 2p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning a new "noviciate" being welcomed into the Ursulines of Columbia. Madame Baptiste is concerned that given the precarious financial status of the convent that the new noviciate will not realize the sacrifices she must make given that she has previously known "many conveniences." She also suggests that the noviciate pay her own travel expenses to Columbia and possibly pay her board during her term. September 29, 1858. 2p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about news at the Ursuline Convent in Columbia, including the potential recruitment of two lay sisters to help in housekeeping so the convent doesn't "have to pay servant's hire." She also mentions stocking up on stores and that she has ordered two tons of coal, "two thirds anthracite and one third bituminous", from Charleston. October 26, 1858. 4p.
Letter from John Lynch in Cheraw to his wife in Charleston. John informs her she has $400 to spend on furniture and supplies but advises her to "make good bargains and buy cheap." November 16, 1858. 1p.
John Lynch writes to his brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch, about plans to send his son to France and mentions his own recent attempt at abstaining from alcohol though "temptations are strong and the flesh is weak." January 31, 1859. 1p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch telling him about a French woman who had given her a gift as a "pretext" for being considered as a lay sister in the Ursuline Convent. She also asks the Bishop to speak to their sister-in-law, Henrietta, about "her neglect of duty as a wife and housekeeper" for staying in Charleston so long instead of her home in Cheraw. February 24, 1859. 4p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about family news and affairs at the Ursuline Convent. In an earlier letter she had written that the sisters could not fast during Lent and labor too and now asks the Bishop for a decision on the matter. February 27, 1859. 3p.
Madame Baptiste writes to brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch, about family news and affairs at the Ursuline Convent including the arrival of the "little French woman" and another boarder. March 4, 1859. 2p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch asking him to send a Paschal candle and candlestick holder for the Easter season and informs the Bishop of the latest news at the Ursuline Convent. April, 1859. 4p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch enclosed in her letter of April 8, 1859. Madame Baptiste writes about a controversy concerning a parish priest's insistence that communion be received at the parish church only and not in the chapel of the Ursulines. April 10, 1859. 2p.
Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch informing him of the news of the Ursuline Convent and academy in Columbia including that she is in "good humor" after receiving $1000 for tuition and board from a Mrs. Gaffney. May 3, 1859. 4p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about news at the Ursuline convent and academy including the purchase of books for their library and her desire to rent a piano for several months. May 16, 1859. 4p.