This small collection is composed almost entirely of personal and family correspondence. It concerns the activities of two members of the family in particular, John Derry and his son John Derry, Jnr. Many of the letters and papers refer to Derry's conversion to Methodism and his interest in spiritual and religious matters. An account of his work with the Leicester Seamen's Friend Society survives with references to the Boatmen's Chapel, Leicester.
A further substantial section concerns John Derry, Jnr (1817-38), the eldest son, who died at the age of 21. The letters are chiefly from his friend John Gee, describing his life as a young clerk in Lincoln, 1835-37. A brief journal of John Derry, Jnr (1831) contains a description of the Leicester celebration at the passing of the Reform Bill. Other family papers include a number of letters from Derry's mother while he was away at school.