I hope long before this, you are well and as mischievous as ever.
I am glad to say that waiting on you all never hurt Sister nor myself either. I never enjoyed myself as well in my life as I did while you boys were here. Yet I regretted very much we couldn't do more for your alls pleasure. But I hope you will not make this your last visit; come again and I sincerely hope we will be differently situated.
I am sorry to know that you think that Dolphie has made such an impression on my mind
about your truthfulness for as you say yourself, you never did tell me a story in your
life, and I have enough confidence in you to believe you would not trifle with my
feelings. Johnie: I never want to be convinced of the fact that you would be guilty of
such an act; for I esteem you too highly to entertain the thought for a moment, that you
would stoop so low as to try to gain a girl's affection and then flirt with her. I
would like very much indeed to see you, and have a private conversation with you, and ask
you a few questions I never asked you before, and I don't deem it exactly prudent to
ask them here. But don't let this bother your mind any for I anticipate the pleasure
of seeing you again. Don't get out of the notion of coming Christmas.
Well, Johnie: as this is the fourth letter I have written today, and perhaps I am failing to interest you, I had better bid you Good Night by asking you to write soon and very soon to your ever true friend.
Please excuse brevity.
Davis, Emma. [Letter from Emma Davis to John C. Brewer, August 16, 1878]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128702/. Accessed February 12, 2016.