Correspondence in the collection mainly concerns commercial activities. A letter to Edenton silversmith Thomas Agnis (1762) asks about the progress being made on a pair of silver buckles. Several letters to Edmund Hoskins of Edenton (1817) contain information from commission merchants in Baltimore, Md., and New York on prices of wheat, flour, corn, and naval stores. Another letter (1819) requests bills for the purchase of Negroes from an Edenton estate.
Legal documents, all pertaining to Chowan County or Edenton, include a deposition (May 1761) by Joseph Hewes, signer of the Declaration of Independence, concerning a dispute he witnessed between two sea captains over wages for a voyage to Philadelphia. Also included are legal proceedings (1756) concerning the ejectment of a tenant before his lease had expired, attachments to estate property for debts (1765, 1769), warrants to appear in court (1763), an apprenticeship bond for a tobacconist (1789), a deed (1832), and a coroner's inquest for a suicide (1828). An affidavit (April 14, 1827) concerns credit problems with the administration of the estate of John B. Blount by his son Thomas Blount. The affidavit mentions James Iredell's role in the affair, as well as complications with the State Bank and the Bank of Edenton. Promissory notes and a bond (1811) refer to the case mentioned in the affidavit.
Chowan County and Edenton financial and estate records include audits of the accounts of the estate of Brownrigg (1778, 1783) and a settlement of the accounts of the estates of Brownrigg and David Meredith (1797). A doctor's account with Nathaniel Bond (1827-1828) gives the date of treatment, medicine used, patient's name and costs, including the treatment of slaves. Other financial records include costs for the hire of Negroes (1826-1828, 1854-1855), a receipt for the sale of a slave for $650 (1850), and several promissory notes from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
An account book (1818-1825) of Edmund Hoskins of Edenton lists accounts with the Branch Bank of Edenton, doctors' bills, and debts owed to and by the estate of Richard Hoskins (1823). Also listed are the labor expenses for cutting wheat (1824); the sale of a Negro woman and her children (1825); and the costs of corn seed, bricks, and labor.
Miscellaneous materials include one share of stock in Edenton and Plymouth Steamboat Company (1819); lottery tickets and a tuition account for Edenton Academy (1804, 1808); a list of liquors purchased for the election of 1808; a tavern bill (1798) for the Red Lion Tavern in Edenton; shipping lists for pickled pork bound for Antigua (1720) from Roanoke and tobacco bound for Richmond (1819) from Plymouth; and pew rents for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Edenton (1812-1818).
Genealogical notes in the collection consist of a letter (1936) requesting information about Richard Brownrigg of Ireland and tombstone records of Wingfield Cemetery near Edenton.
The oversize folder contains three seamen's contracts (1799, 1800, 1818) for the brigs,
VICTORY, and the schooner
JAMES MONROE for voyages from Edenton to Jamaica and from Edenton to New York. The contracts set forth conditions of the voyage and list people's names, ranks, and wages. Other materials include a detailed 1772 inventory of the property of Richard Brownrigg, including room by room lists of furniture and other personal property; a 1778 account of the sale of part of Brownrigg's property; a 1768 list of taxables taken by Richard Brownrigg, giving the names and the number of whites and blacks; and an 1827 Chowan County deed.