just as loud as I could. I did not wait for the P. M. to hand it to me, but got it myself and couldn't wait to get home, but read it on the road. Emma, you don't know how glad I was to get your letter. I judged you too quickly Emma, I thought you had forgotten to answer my letter; but I see it was not your fault. Forgive me this time and I will not judge you again, but wait patiently for your letter.
Willie and Add Lambeth arrived safely today about the same time they left your house
the day before. I have not seen Add yet, but Willie says he fell so deeply in love with
Hopkins Co. and the people, and you especially, that he never talked about anything else
all the way home. He says he don't wonder at we boys liking to go to Hopkins. He likes
it too, and would not have missed his trip for no money; and lots more I don't
remember. Now if you were as badly captivated as he was, I fear there is scant hope for
anyone else. You asked Willie if I had put your ring on some girl's finger; now Emma I
can't think you thought I would do such a thing: for rather would I cut off the finger
it is on, than part with it for one moment. It has never been off my finger but twice:
once a young man wanted to see it. I told him I couldn't get it off, because I
didn't want him to see it, and he commenced saying I had on some girl's ring,
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, September 8, 1878]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128722/. Accessed September 19, 2014.