[Letter from Emma Davis to John C. Brewer, May 27, 1879] Page: 1 of 6 (Transcription)

memory, the thought of the pleasant times we have spent in each other's society. Just because we are separated, or distance lies between us, that doesn't have any affect on me, or even incline me to turn away from the pleasant memories of the past with regret.

"Believe not that absence can banish
The memory of moments gone by;
Could I deem they so quickly would vanish
I should think on the past with a sigh."
(Adieu until tonight.) "Lonely Night"

Rose Dale
May 27th, 1879

Mr. J. C. Brewer
Dear, dear friend,

My heart was made to rejoice beyond measure when I received your last letter, but after perusing its interesting pages I found myself almost ready to indulge in a spell of the "blues," learning of your ill health. Indeed I regret very much that you have been so afflicted. I deeply sympathize with you in all your distresses, hope ere this you are enjoying the blessings of health again. Remember,

"Afflictions though they seem severe,
Are oft in mercy sent."

I thank Mr. White for the compliment. Am truly sorry

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Davis, Emma. [Letter from Emma Davis to John C. Brewer, May 27, 1879], letter, May 27, 1879; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128715/m1/1/transcription/: accessed February 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Private Collection of Melvin E. Brewer.