This collection is comprised of 22 incoming letters addressed to Stephen Gore, a grocer in St. Louis, Missouri, between 1836 and 1844. Of these, 20 are primarily concerned with Gore's business interests in Boston, Massachusetts, and 2 provide news of family and friends in Massachusetts. John S. Harris, Gore's most frequent correspondent, wrote 11 letters, and several of Gore's professional and personal acquaintances wrote the remaining 11 items.
Gore received 17 letters from Boston merchants concerning the trade of coffee, alcohol, candles, oil, and other products. Several quoted recent prices, and one contains a detailed invoice. In addition to financial matters, Boston merchant John S. Harris occasionally mentioned contemporary political issues, such as tariff legislation, Henry Clay's early presidential nomination by the Whig Party (September 15, 1842), and the economic effects of the temperance movement (August 7, 1843). Harris also provided news of the Gore family in Boston. Gore received 1 personal letter from "Nath. R. Harbeck" of Newton, Massachusetts, who reported on the Hyde family (August 14, 1840). Three acquaintances from New Orleans, Louisiana, sent business letters, including one from J. H. Lyon, who proposed a partnership (August 19, 1843). Sarah Flint, Gore's sister, wrote one letter from Boston on October 11, 1840, concerning the care of their mother, who boarded with Sarah and her husband, and the impact of her care on the couple's financial situation.