This collection is made up of 21 letters that a man named John wrote to Sarah S. Peterson ("Sadie") of Salem, Massachusetts, from October 27, 1899-October 5, 1900. He commented on religious life, public celebrations, and his everyday experiences in Paris, France.
John's letters, often 4 pages or longer, concern many aspects of his life in France, including his work at a Catholic church; attendance at lectures and teas with Englishmen and Americans; and a Christmas celebration (December 28, 1899). He noticed similarities between holiday preparations in Paris and in American cities and performed a Christmas mass. In other letters, he mentioned the opening of the Exposition Universelle (April 17, 1900) and the city's July Fourth celebrations in honor of the United States (July 5, 1900). John's final letter contains his comparison between the French and the Germans, and his preference for Germans (October 5, 1900). Enclosures include English-language newspaper clippings, a program of courses and lectures (in French), and an advertisement (in French).