The contents are as follows:
(i) Letters, 1807-1816, of John and James Ballantyne to Walter Scott and extracts from Scott's letters to John Ballantyne, 1817-1819. (Folio 1.)
(ii) Minute of agreement between Scott and James Ballantyne, and correspondence between Scott and the Ballantynes, 1805-1816. Some of this material was used by J G Lockhart in ‘The Ballantyne-humbug handled’. (Folio 61.)
(iii) Letters, 1802-1829, undated, of Scott to James Ballantyne on literary matters. (Folio 95.)
(iv) Letters, 1811-1813, undated, of Scott to the Ballantynes concerning his work. (Folio 195.)
(v) Letter, 3 June 1821, of James Ballantyne to Scott. (Folio 207.)
(vi) Copies of 'Short view of the affair of James Ballantyne and Co. Printers and John Ballantyne and Co. Booksellers', 1836. (Folio 213.)
(vii) Letters, 1826-1831, of Scott to John Gibson, Writer to the Signet. (Folio 219.