This collection contains 25 letters to Sally Perry of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and her son Talmon. From 1826-1856, Sally Perry received 23 letters from her brother, sisters, son, and nieces. In the earliest letters, Perry's siblings expressed their condolences on the illness and death of her husband, Talmon Perry, in November 1826. Perry's correspondents provided news of family and friends in towns such as Somers, New York, and Andover, Massachusetts; many also discussed travel in New York and New England.
Talmon Perry, Jr., wrote to his mother about life at Yale College (October 6, 1842, and January 26, 1843) and in Princeton, New Jersey (December 7, 1848-March 7, 1849), commenting on subjects such as his adjustment to college life, a religious revival in Bridgeport, and a problem with his eyes. The final dated items, addressed to Talmon Perry and his wife in 1860 and 1862, pertain to finances and a lease.