Sept. 3rd, 1879
I received both of your letters yesterday eve. I was off from home picking cotton, and got back just at dark. I found Willie at the supper table when I returned. The first thing he said was, "Hallow, John! Gone up! That's what I come up for, to tell you she had backed out." Now you know I believed it. I went on in the house, washed my face, and started to supper, and Dolphus met me and told me to come back a minute. He gave me your first letter and said that George got it out of the office and gave it to Willie who wanted to have some fun out of me, but Dolphus stole it out of Willie's pocket and
Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, September 3, 1879]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128739/. Accessed February 8, 2016.