Leander Wetherell, a newspaper editor, teacher, and lecturer from Rochester, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, received 4 personal letters between 1847 and 1865. Among other topics, his correspondents discussed the publishing industry, slavery, and differences between men and women. Mary, his widow, also received a letter from one of his former acquaintances in 1896.
J. B. Thompson, a business acquaintance, wrote a letter to Leander Wetherell on April 21, 1847, concerning ongoing negotiations with a publisher. A female schoolteacher named "Celia" composed two letters on December 7, 1862, and September 8, 1864, from Salem and Charlestown, Massachusetts. In her first letter, she discussed her work on a religious newspaper column, compared men and women, mentioned some of the influences the sexes had on one another, and stated her disgust for slavery. She also described the plight of an escaped slave who had become one of her students, and her pleasure at his rapid academic progress. In her second letter, Celia reflected on the death of one of her young students, Ida, and enclosed a printed poem dedicated to the girl's memory. Julia Roberts, another of Wetherell's female friends in Salem, wrote about her social life, the illness and recent death of a friend, and a visit to a Catholic Church (September 7, 1865). William J. Fowler addressed the final letter to Mary Wetherell on December 18, 1896, and briefly reminisced about her husband, Leander, whom he knew in Rochester, New York, in the 1850s.