This collection contains 54 incoming letters that Alice F. Judson, William Judson, and P. P. Judson, of Waterford, Pennsylvania, received throughout the second half of the 19th century. Charles Himrod wrote 35 letters to Alice F. Judson, his future wife, about his life in Missouri between 1867 and 1869. The remaining letters are comprised of business correspondence addressed to William and P. P. Judson between 1851 and 1860, and additional letters received by members of the Judson family.
Charles Himrod wrote to Alice F. Judson while he lived and worked in eastern Missouri between 1867 and 1869. He sent his letters from Moselle, St. James, St. Louis, and Knob View; he later wrote from Osage City and Tuscumbia. Himrod presented detailed descriptions of many aspects of life in Missouri, such as the people, the cities, and his daily experiences and activities. He provided his opinions on romantic relationships and marriage, including his feelings for Alice and about their courtship. On one occasion, inspired by a recent speech that Mark Twain delivered in St. Louis, Himrod shared his opinion on women's rights (March 31, ). Six letters dated after 1873 include incoming items addressed to Alice, her siblings, and Charles Himrod.
William and P. P. Judson, merchants based in Waterford, Pennsylvania, received 9 letters from various professional acquaintances between 1851 and 1860, concerning financial affairs.