(Duty before pleasure)
I wish you could come up here and stay long enough to go around and see our country and town but I don't think you would like it for it has no attractions scarcely that I could ever see. There's a lady here that teaches music and I want to let her see how little she knows and how foolishly she plays. I think if she could hear you once she would quit teaching and go to taking lessons again.
For fear I weary you, I will close.
I shall look for an early and long letter.
I am as ever, Yours,
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 18, 2014.