Emma, Willie is my own brother, but he lets his tongue slip some- times, so please don't tell him anymore about our correspondence than you can help. He came very near telling a very large amount of it the other day, and would if I had not turned the conversation. He is coming down there to live next year, and Emma, please, if he says anything about me or you hear anything to my discredit, please ask me about it and I promise you on my honor as a gentleman to you the truth, and nothing but the truth.
I have faith enough in you to know you would not believe everything you hear. I got ahead of Willie with that breast pin. I asked him if he would carry a little package to Will D. for me. He said, "Yes, what is it?" I undid it and showed him the piece of pistol, he said all right. I told him I wished to write a little note to Will and put in it and would hand it to him before he started. I then wrote the note, fixed up the breast pin, wrapped all together, and gave them to him. He stuck them in his pocket & never thought any more about it till he handed it to Fletcher.
You say there must be some mistake about Mr. Lambeth as there was no one for him to
fall in love with but Leona. Now I'm certain you was there, and if any man, young or
old, would see you and not fall in love with you, well, he can do more than I can.
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, September 20, 1878]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128723/. Accessed July 3, 2015.