I hope you will look over all mistakes. I had much rather be talking to you than writing, for then I could see your beautiful face and watch your sweet lips move. Oh, come, I ask you, "Come, Come, Come." Write very, very soon. With very much love to your own sweet self, I remain your True and Devoted Johnie.
Tell Leona I am very much obliged to her, but if she don't want me for anything else but to wash dishes, I beg to be excused. Have you ever heard of the letter we lost?
Jan. 19th, 1879
Miss Emma Davis
My dearest friend, Emma.
Once more, dear friend, it is my blessed privilege to commune with you for a few moments in answer to your sweet and most interesting missive, which I received the day before yesterday. Emma, the only fault I have to find to your letter is it was so short. When I begin to read your letters my only wish is that they would last forever. But all good things must have an end. But don't let the next come to an end quite so soon.
Emma, you can't imagine the pleasure and delight it gave me to learn you are coming out to see us in the spring. I now have something
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, January 19, 1879]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128726/. Accessed May 6, 2016.