Feb 28 
This is the morning of the holy Sabbath day. We went to China to-day and heard an excellent sermon from one good Pastor, Mr. Fairly. The text was John 3 & [3rd verse], on the new birth, a subject of vital interest to all. He treated the subject negatively, showing what was not regeneration & did not exist in ordinances, or in morality nor in gifts. There might be an outward change, without an inward, but never an inward change without the outward.
Our two little boys Jimmie & George went yesterday over to Smithville to go to school. We miss them sadly – miss them from their accustomed places at the table. Miss their noisy entrance in the evenings & my heart yearns for their presence. But these oldest are absent now, and we feel it the more, as we have never been departed before. I trust the change will do them good in mind & manners.
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