This collection is made up of letters that Gideon Bingham wrote to his brother Waldo between 1840 and 1847, and a single letter to his family on November 25, 1845. In his letter of March 15, 1840, Bingham told his brother about a domestic altercation that he and a companion had witnessed; he also mentioned his studies, other students' increasing political awareness prior to the 1840 presidential election, and his resolution to oppose all political candidates who supported the right to slavery. From January 1844-May 1847, Bingham wrote from Richmond, Virginia (January 26, 1844, and February 15, 1845); Washington, D.C. (January 10, 1845); Pittsburgh (November 25, 1845); and New Orleans, Louisiana (May 2, 1847). He often referred to Southern social customs, such as the treatment of African Americans in Richmond and the city's fondness for public military displays. His letters also pertain to political issues, such as local opinions regarding the proposed annexation of Texas. Bingham described a journey from Connecticut to Washington, D.C., and his sightseeing activities in the national capital, particularly with regard to paintings and sculpture. While living in the South, Bingham worked as a bookseller, often collaborating with "Mr. King." In an undated letter, Bingham discussed his work presiding over a school in Orange County, New York.