Julia J. Bolton's 124-page notebook begins with seven essays she wrote on eleven pages. The essays are titled: Wills, Charity, Dueling, Moral Sense, Promises, Virtue, and Slavery and include Julia's thoughts on each subject. Following that are three lists of books and two pages devoted to chemistry definitions. Most of the notebook is taken up with 56 poems written to Julia by various students, including Julia's cousin Mary E. Montgomery. These poems are mainly focused on friendship and are signed and dated, almost all from June 1852, however two are dated 1853, and one each from 1854 and 1855. Under some of the poems are notes written by Julia at a later time such as "deceased." Mixed in with the poems are Julia's meditations on love, life, womanhood, religion, reading, writers, and fishing, as well as her poetry and quotations. Two small pencil sketches are in the book, one of a bunch of grapes, and one of a heart and arrow.