The typescript is that of a daily business diary kept by Kirk for the year 1933. As his company entered its fifth calendar year of the depression Kirk decided to keep a diary of his business experience with the purpose of looking back at the diary in later years to garner any useful or interesting information. He writes in the foreword to the diary that he hopes that his "effort to daily summarize [his] experience will be an aid to clearer thought."
This copy of a letter was written to her daughter Elizabeth on the occasion of her marriage to Colonel Colley Lyons Lucas Foster (1778-1843) on June 24, 1813 at Quebec, Canada. The intention of the letter is to offer advice to her daughter on the obligations and duties of a wife and mother.