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Galveston, April 10th 1859

Miss Minnie Graysen-
It must appear very strange that I should take the liberty of writing to you; and, in fact, I had much rather express in person what I intend saying now. But having had no suitable opportunity for doing so, I have determined on this course. My object in writing is, simply and plainly, to ask you to marry me. I am fully conscious of all the presumption of this, and can only plead in excuse, that my happiness for life is at stake; and, surely, I am justifiable in taking some steps for its preservation. I am sure, Miss Minnie, that any expression of romantic love phrases here, would be deemed by you entirely out of place; I can only say, that if my feelings of devotion toward you were not absolute and sincere, I would never have written this. I have asked almost more than I dare hope for; but let me entreat you not to reject my request hastily. You may have heard rumors concerning me, to my detriment; but if you will only give me some encouragement,-if I could only have something to look forward to,-I am certain that no cause of blame could be found to my future course of life. I am so completely conscious of the fact myself, that I can hardly express it, that if you would grant this great,-this life-time request of mine, that no exertion on my part, whatever, would be spared to make your life a pleasant, happy and contented one.
Please to write in reply to this, Miss Minnie; if your feeling towards me does not admit of your granting my request at once, will you say that I may call on you, and converse with you, personally, about this matter before you finally reject it. I hope you will be plain and candid with me, as I have been with you. With me, there is a great deal dependent on it, and to that, my earnestness is attributable. I will be in Fairfield within two or three days after this reaches you. I hope, Miss Minnie, that you will not be offended at this proceeding of mine, but that, believing me to be really and sincerely in earnest, you will be disposed to regard my proposition favorably, and, by writing, relieve my suspense as quickly as possible.
Whatever may be your decision in the matter I shall always remain-
Yours truly and devotedly
L. D. Bradley

At the top of the letter is written: married 9-22-'59