Correspondence in the collection consists of a request for discharge (1862) from the 8th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, of the North Carolina Militia for R. J. Veale due to health problems; letters concerning the guardianship of Willie R. Hill of Bertie County, N.C., and money matters of regimental friends; and a conscription notification for R. J. Veale to report for Quartermaster Department detail (1865). One letter (1862) includes information from a soldier who was wounded at the first battle of Manassas (Bull Run).
Land records (1738-1860) concern many Bertie County families including among others the Veale, Ruffin, Dukes, Hardy, Williams, Gardner, and Purvis families.
Financial papers (1812-1921) include powers of attorney, promissory notes, arrest warrants, receipts, accounts listing, and deeds of sale for property other than land, especially slaves (1812, 1840, 1854). The slave sale documents list names and ages ofslaves and the prices paid for them. There is also a receipt (1862) documenting the substitution of one man for another in military service in exchange for money.
Richard Veale served as administrator for several estates, including among others, Wiley Smith and Elijah Williams. Items of interest include bills and receipts detailing sale/purchase of tobacco, liquor, cotton, and general merchandise; bills for doctor's house calls for family members and slaves (1846-1848, Wiley Smith estate); receipts for school tuition for Bertie Union Academy (1848, Wiley Smith estate); promissory notes; repairs for farm implements; and a receipt for slave hire (1851, Abram Smith estate). There is also a folder of material concerning Richard J. Veale's estate (1865-1872).
Miscellaneous items include wills for Thomas Veale (1806) and Joseph J. H. Cole (1846), a prose work by Richard J. Veale entitled "On Intemperance," and the Roanoke Gun Club Bylaws and members list (1930s-1940s). Two folders of genealogical material provide information on the Veale, Reese, and Taylor families.