Aug. 21st, 1878
Miss Emma Davis
I start my letter "dearest friend" because you are, Emma, the dearest friend
I have on earth. I received your most welcome favor about an hour ago, and Oh! Emma, you
have no idea how I have looked and longed for that letter. It has seemed an age since I
left your house two weeks ago today. In your card to Dock you said you were nearly sick
and I was afraid you would be very sick, there being so much sickness in the country and
you not very well to begin with.
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, August 21, 1878]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128721/. Accessed April 17, 2014.