|The majority of this correspondence comprises letters written by Henry Reed and sent to family members and close friends. The majority of letters are addressed to his sister, Gladys Winfield, and his one-time partner and close friend Michael Ramsbotham. There are two items of correspondence written to Henry Reed; and four items of other correspondence, two of which are from Michael Ramsbotham and addressed to Jane Reed [Henry Reed's niece] concerning Reed's funeral and the disposal of his estate. The letters are personal and informal. Not all letters can be dated with any degree of certainty. When possible, the year has been assumed and the letter has been inserted into the chronological sequence. The letters include some descriptions of life during the Second World War as well as discussing various literary works.
Many of these letters survive because they were retained by their recipients. It appears that Reed was not in the habit of keeping correspondence that he received.