This concoction of stories come to light when two brothers find them in a trunk in the attic. One of the brothers, Plug, writes a “cover” letter to some unknown, un-named man. The cover letter is attached to a bundle of letters written to a Mrs. Ainsworth by a man named Chuck. A beggar-man somehow comes into passion of the letters and sells them to this author for $1. Each letter centers about a man with a questionable occupation (an office in town, money to gad about, married or bachelor, and lives in what era)? Those questions go unanswered; and who is Mrs. Ainsworth (his aunt, sister, friend?)
With a few exceptions, each story is a tale unto itself and mostly in or about Wetowannabee a town in upstate that is not listed on modern maps or in past land records. The man, simply known as Chuck, writes letters to Mrs. Ainsworth, each letter contains a story about an incident that he heard about or observed or that someone else has written. He takes no blame or credit for the story. Some letters are merely his observations on a specific condition of life or after life.