August 5 
The vacation is over & our little school has again begun. The children are perfectly happy & content with their amiable little Teacher. As I look out from my window, this pleasant time was [ ] at their secluded retreat, I think how innocent and therefore how happy they are & sigh to think of the trials that they may yet experience! But I would commit them to their heavenly Father, who is more able that I am to guide & protect them through the changing times of life – last night I was out with Harry who was sick, & my little Emily called me to give her water, and then asked me to hear her say her prayers, that she could not say them good by herself when she went to be – oh that she may ever have a tender conscience!
Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html