[Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, August 21, 1878] Page: 2 of 6 (Transcription)

Emma, you say you will remember me in your prayers; remember me often, for if any poor mortal needs praying for, it is me. I am not near so good a boy, Emma, as in those good old days at Johns Pt. I have kept getting farther and farther off until I fear there is no hope for me.

Emma, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your confidence in me. And so long as I live, you shall never have to say "My confidence in him was misplaced." On my honor as a gentleman (which I try to be), I tell you candidly, I have never flirted with any girl, and never will, so help me God. You say you would like to ask me "a few questions." I would a great deal rather you would ask them personally, for the simple reason that you could judge more correctly of the truthfulness of my answers. I am satisfied, Emma, you could not ask me any question, to which I could not give you an immediate, and satisfactory, answer.

As to my coming Christmas, I shall certainly come, provided I am not hindered by some unforeseen circum- stance, or you send me such word as will cause me to stay at home. In writing to me, you need never fear of tiring, or failing

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Brewer, John C. [Letter from John C. Brewer to Emma Davis, August 21, 1878], letter, August 21, 1878; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth128721/m1/2/transcription/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Private Collection of Melvin E. Brewer.