I didn't think Effie was blessed with more than sense enough to learn English well much less Latin or Music. And as to your being satisfied with people not asking you quest- ions, I wish to inform you that I intend to ask you so many when I see you that you won't have time to answer half of them. Well, I'll try another sheet of paper, maybe I can at least tire you one time.
March 9th, (1879)
Miss Emma Davis
My dear, dear friend Emma,
Thinking maybe you were as glad always to receive a letter from me as I am to receive yours, I will endeavor to answer the best and sweetest letter you ever wrote to me at least. I was looking for your letter this time with all the patience in my nature, which is not much. But Friday night George failed to come home, and on Saturday as soon as I got dinner, I mounted a horse and struck for town. I went direct to the office where George was and asked for my letter. "Your letter? I got it yesterday," he says. And Emma,
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, March 9, 1879]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128729/. Accessed May 25, 2015.