This collection contains 24 letters written and received by members of the Jewett and Mack families of Pennsylvania and New York in the early to mid-19th century. Alfred Wolcott Mack and his wife, Betsey Jewett, wrote and received a majority of the correspondence, which relates to topics such as farming in western New York, family health, and other family news.
The first item is a letter that Nathan Jewett wrote to his wife Electa while working in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1809; other early material includes personal letters between members of the Mack family. Most items dated after 1840 relate to Alfred Mack and his wife, Betsey Jewett. In a letter to his wife, Mack described and drew a piece of property located near Phelps, New York, where the couple considered moving in September 1842. After moving to Barre, New York, in 1843, Betsey Jewett Mack corresponded with her parents in Brooklyn, Pennsylvania. Betsey and Alfred Mack discussed their lives in Barre and commented on local farming methods and economic conditions; in the mid-1840s, they also wrote about their efforts to locate and purchase a different farm. Electa Jewett occasionally provided family and social news. Betsey and Alfred Mack's daughter Ellen also wrote 2 letters to her grandmother; in one undated letter, she enclosed a drawing of a piano.
Other correspondence includes a letter Nathan Jewett received from his brother-in-law, Dana Fox, who described an incident in which he believed he had been possessed by Satan (May 15, 1845), and a letter to Betsey Mack from a cousin, L. M. Mack, who enclosed a cut-out woman' silhouette (June 9, ).