Emma, Add is talking of coming to your house Christmas. He told me to tell you he wished you would find him a sweet-heart, the prettiest girl down there, as his Rockwall girls had played quits with him and he wanted another. All the girls nearby are mad with me, my best girl friend up here got mad the other day and I can't find what about. I guess it was some of my foolishness.
Will & Leona went to town to singing this evening and several persons asked me who they were. I told them it was Professor Davis from Hopkins and his wife, and everyone said, Well, he has a pretty wife.
Oh! Emma, how can I bear the long time that must intervene before I can see you. I had rather see you tonight than any thing in the world. I would not give one smile from you for all the girls I ever saw, and I have seen a good many. And Emma, I had almost as soon part with my life as hurt your feelings or cause you pain; for what would life be without them. "a nameless void." You will doubtless say, or at least think, that I am only writing this to be writing, but Emma, so sure as I live at this moment, I mean every word I say: and I hope Emma, some day you may be convinced of it some time if you do not now believe it.
Emma, please answer this as soon as you receive it for I do so long for a long letter from you.
As I have no more to write about, I will close by asking you again to write very soon. So goodnight, pleasant dreams & long life to you.
Your true friend,
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 April 26, 2015.