age of fifteen or "thereabouts", but I know you would know I was not in earnest if I were to commence such with you, what I write you, I mean.
Emma, what I said about Willie, (or intended to say) was not to tell him anything about what I wrote. I am sorry now I wrote you any such thing, for I might have had more faith in you than to think you would do so. I now take back my "request" and ask you to do as you please. The only reason I had for asking such a thing is this. If Willie learned anything, he would tell it, and not two weeks would pass untill every one in this county would know it and be bothering and teasing me with it. And now, Emma, as I see it has hurt your feelings, I ask you to please consider it as though it had never been written. And I sincerely beg your pardon for having doubted you in the least.
I really didn't know Miss Betty was my little girl, but if she would only consider it that way I should feel myself honored.
You speak of your good company at singing the other eve. I can't think who it was
unless it was Miss Ah! Davis though I didn't know she was in that part of the world. I
had a nice time on Sunday night two weeks ago tonight. Add Lambeth and myself had a
singing at the house where Add lives. There was a house "plum" full of young
ladies and gentlemen. The young lady was there that had my letters. She talked to me and a
splendid speech she begged me to forgive her. She even said she would get on her knees
before the crowd if I would get in a good
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, October 15, 1878]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128724/. Accessed December 21, 2014.