The Ella Benedict collection contains 27 letters addressed to Benedict from several female friends, who described their daily activities. Two women, Rhoda Golibart and Addie T. Moore of Port Deposit, Maryland, wrote the majority of the correspondence, and others wrote from various locations in New York and Maryland. In their friendly letters, full of local news, Ella's correspondents discussed a variety of topics, including cooking, courtship, and social events. Occasionally, the women alluded to sporting activities, including horse racing (September 21, 1865), ice skating (November 22, 1866), and "Base Ball" (June 2, 1867). Several of the letters pertain to fairs, picnics, and dances, which provided the women an opportunity to discuss various gentlemen.