The volume contains:
- Number 1: letter from Thackeray to Mrs Procter;
- Number 2: note from Thackeray to Mrs James;
- Number 3: MS preface, much corrected and signed M.A. Titmarsh, Kensington, December 15, of Rebecca and Rowena, or Romance upon Romance, which was printed in 1850. There is a pen and ink sketch of the author in bed.