Sunday Afternoon January 25th 1864
This day is one in the history of our family. My Mary Eliza left today for boarding school & my heart feels lonely & sad. This is the first time our household has been divided and she is 16 years old. May a [illeg] God be with her & keep her from all evil is a Mother’s prayers!
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