be so unfavorable, (i.e.) if this Christmas is like the most of them, bad, cold rainy weather. You asked me how many students I would want. I would not be willing to go that distance for less than ten or twelve good paying students. Terms, $5.00 per month, I would propose to teach five months and if I suited the people, and they suited me, I would be perfectly willing to teach five months longer. But I suppose there is no such good luck as me getting a music class, as I want one so very bad. If I could get an opportunity of going to School, I would much rather prefer it to teaching. Well, as the folks are coming from Preaching, I will close, as I have written about all I can think of now. Of course you will not object to me sending this by Willie, as you will get it several days sooner. Write as soon as you get this, and you will please your true friend very much. Goodnight and pleasant dreams.
I am ever the same friend
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 December 4, 2013.