The sixty-five pages of correspondence in Worth's letterpress book are devoted almost entirely to business activities while living in Fayetteville between 1867 and 1869. Worth apparently served as a commission merchant or wholesaler for the sale of fruit trees, wine, pork, and other products. Correspondence pertaining to the shipment of these products involves firms in New Garden (Greensboro), Company Shops (Burlington, Wilmington, and Baltimore, Maryland).
Several letters are written to Quaker publishers pertaining to the purchase of Friends' Review, The Neighbor, and other Quaker publications.
Perhaps of greatest interest are a series of letters pertaining to Republication Party politics and the office of tax assessor. Worth corresponded with O. H. Dockery, Robert P. Dick, John Pool, Benjamin S. Hedrick, and other Republican officials (December, 1868-June, 1869) in an effort to salvage his position as assessor. He reviews his own background as a faithful Republican, refers to the jailing of Uncle Daniel Worth in 1859 for holding pro-Republican views, comments on patronage practices, and criticizes William W. Holden for his pre-Civil War activities. One letter contains a detailed criticism of the character and career of James Sinclair who had been nominated to replace Worth as assessor. Worth contends that he was removed as assessor due to his support of Daniel Goodloe rather than W. W. Holden. Typed transcripts of all letters are included with the collection.
Miscellaneous material in the collection includes a security note for a cotton gin and press (1867), a general store account (1868), and a receipt (1885). These items appear to be unrelated to William H. Worth.