[Note: This letter is torn on a fold and some words are missing.]
July 22nd (1879)
Miss Emma Davis
Ever dear friend,
I received your most welcome and [missing] received missive yesterday eve. I had begun to think you had forgotten to write to me or else was sick. Willie said you told him you would write in a few days, but I must confess I was getting a little impatient. But I can truly say I was more than paid for waiting on reading your most precious letter. Most assuredly, I will excuse your writing, for you write better even now than any of my other correspondents. I could read your letters in the dark (almost).
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, July 22, 1879]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128736/. Accessed February 11, 2016.