Letters to De Renne concern the Buchanan administration; the president's nephew, Cole Baker; politics and politicians of the era; railroad building in Georgia and South Carolina; the coming of the Civil War; news and views of Reconstruction (during which the De Renne family lived abroad in France); the Black Republican Party; and suffrage for African Americans. Correspondents include F. Dainese, Thomas F. Drayton, James H. Hammond, H.I. McIntyre, James P. Screven, and John Screven. There are also some papers of the Central Bank of Georgia. Two items concern Dr. George Jones, father of G.W. Jones (later known as G.W. Jones De Renne), consisting of an 1782 affidavit concerning his imprisonment by the British and a receipt for the sale of a slave.