Emma, you say you will remember me in your prayers; remember me often, for if any poor
mortal needs praying for, it is me. I am not near so good a boy, Emma, as in those good
old days at Johns Pt. I have kept getting farther and farther off until I fear there is no
hope for me.
Emma, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your confidence in me. And so long as I live, you shall never have to say "My confidence in him was misplaced." On my honor as a gentleman (which I try to be), I tell you candidly, I have never flirted with any girl, and never will, so help me God. You say you would like to ask me "a few questions." I would a great deal rather you would ask them personally, for the simple reason that you could judge more correctly of the truthfulness of my answers. I am satisfied, Emma, you could not ask me any question, to which I could not give you an immediate, and satisfactory, answer.
As to my coming Christmas, I shall certainly come, provided I am not hindered by some unforeseen circum- stance, or you send me such word as will cause me to stay at home. In writing to me, you need never fear of tiring, or failing
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 June 2, 2015.