until I read your last letter that you got mad at what I wrote, but I expect you had good reasons for getting offended at me, for I wrote that letter in such a hurry, I don't know for the life of me what was in it. We had just finished quilting a quilt, and I was fearful I would not get the letter done in time to send it to the office, so you see the cause of the "like to have been difficulty." Of course I will look over what has happened and feel just the same toward you that I did before anything ever occurred. But I do sincerely hope that nothing may ever come up that will cause any coolness whatever to exist between us.
I can't imagine why Miss Florence did in the manner that she did. It could not be on the account of Miss Ella and brother Robie, for she wrote that awful note to me the day before brother Robie wrote for his ring. I know the reason she "cut up" like she did, but it was so simple. I'll wait until you come Christmas and tell you all of it from beginning to end. Well, my "new gallant" you spoke of has about quit coming. Hasn't been since this morning but I did not go out to see him, and you may know there is no chance for me to wear the "gold watch" and "chain" you seem to be so knowing about. But I suppose you are like Mr. McCulley in that respect, you have a "ah! little bird" that makes known things to you. He said there was a little bird that came to him and told him my age before he ever saw me. (And I expect before he knew I was in existence.) I told him his little bird was a story-teller, but no, he said, it always told him the Ah, truth. I don't know whether I wrote and told you or not, but I received the letter back that I wrote to him, long before you all came up here in the Summer. It went to the Dead Letter Office, and now, you see, our correspondence is at an end. So goodbye to McCulley and all of his money forever. Hurrah! for you "Little Prophet." I really didn't know
Davis, Emma. [Letter from Emma Davis to John C. Brewer, November 17, 1878]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128704/. Accessed March 28, 2015.