A letter from Abigail Cornell in Far Rockaway, New York discussing the details surrounding the days leading up to and the eventual death of John Ball. The letter states that John Ball arrived at the Cornell house to lodge and was under the care of Dr. Martin. His symptoms were a cold, head pain, blisters on his neck and temple, a fever and swelling of the head. Cornell details how she sat with John Ball reading to him and asking him questions about death and God.
In this letter Charlotte Manigault states that General Wade Hampton has taken over Mrs. Anemm's house. Charlotte updates Esther on her family and friends, social life, and any engagements, illnesses and births.
A letter from Alwyn Ball in New York to his cousin William Ball in South Carolina asking for financial help, having to sell furniture to "keep the wolf from our door," getting into a retail butter stand, spending one and a half years in an asylum for drinking, and not receiving any assistance from other friends and colleagues.