April 4th 
Our little school room was opened again today. It has been silent since last July when Miss Day left us, after a pleasant sojourn of more than 3 years. The children were quite happy today to receipt to Cousin Sophia Mallet, who has kindly undertaken to teach them for us, until we can get person to instruct them.
I receive a sweet letter weekly from my precious Mary Eliza. She has just lost a dear schoolmate, who died after a few days illness. M Eliza her constant attendant, and I trust the solemn leaves through which she passed may be blessed to her soul! I have just had a letter from dear Jimmie, who gave me an account of a raid into Suffolk, where he came so near to losing his life, he was fired at by a negro soldier in ten feet of him but a kind & merciful Providence shielded him from the missile of death. “Bless the Lord of my Souls.”
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