The book contains six letters and a postscript McRae sent while serving as a financial agent for the Confederate government in Europe; also included are copies of relevant correspondence from James Williams to McRae, as well as a few accounting...
In this letter to his son, Frank discusses the government's boat building contract with Higgins Industries, mentions recent appropriations for Mobile and the first district, and gives advice and anecdotes about education and business.
In this letter to Senator Russell of Georgia, Boykin discusses political division within Alabama and his own unsuccessful bid for reelection, and he praises Russell's abilities and efforts to promote Southern values.
Frank wrote this letter while Frances was living in New York City. He offers advice on finding a job and mentions acquaintances who might assist her. Though he commends her independence, he urges her not to be too proud to accept help from others.
Boykin sent this message after Alan Shepard, the first American launched into space, returned to Earth. In the telegram he congratulates the president on the successful journey and praises Shepard for his courage and accomplishment.