The Heywood papers are arranged thematically. Part 1 contains correspondence from 1808-1820, mostly business letters of John and Robert Heywood (of Heywood and Son quilting manufacturers), principally from their business contacts in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Gibraltar, and Jamaica (Montego Bay). Part 2 contains correspondence consisting chiefly of letters from political and other associates of Robert Heywood. Including several items regarding the Chartist movement and riot of 1838 and other contemporary political issues such as the abolition movement and the abolition of the slave trade (1808), the anti-corn law movement, and, in international politics, the American Civil War and the impact that it may have on transatlantic trade. And Part 3 includes Robert Heywood's travel Journals and the correspondence and papers which relate to those trips. It also contains miscellaneous additional travel-related papers such as letters on friends' travels in Europe.