Eight letters addressed to Kate Tuck from various individuals regarding family news and personal events. News is of events and people of their town, Scottsburg in Halifax County, Virginia. In one letter, a friend describes two townspeople who had gone insane, Captain Whit, and a dear friend, Mrs. Arnold. Both were taken to the Asylum in Staunton, Virginia. News in the letters also covers other personal matters of townspeople, economic events, and personal matters.