Emma, you need not have any fear of interesting me for any thing you write will interest me. I can hardly wait for the letters to come, I am so anxious to see them. If I could only see you, I could tell you more in a few moments than I could write in a week.
I called on some young ladies Sunday, but I was not well and they were not either, so I
did not enjoy myself scarcely any.
Thank you Emma for your kind wishes in regard to my studies. This leaves me only tolerably well. I have no strength scarcely, and I don't know when I will get well.
I shall wait impatiently for your answer to this.
Your "Dearest" friend,
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 December 22, 2013.