Eugenia Rebecca Griffin Leland, the wife of Dr. Horace Wells Leland writes, on April 20, 1865, "My object in keeping a journal is with a desire that it may prove a means of my advancing in the divine life and the incidents I may record of the childhood of my little ones, Emma, Portia, Horace and Henry may prove interesting to them if they should live to become men and women."
"I would advise you my dear children that each of you arrive at the proper age to keep a journal of your religious experiences as I believe it is beneficial to the Soul and is leads you to meditate on the goodness of God and enables you to review his dealings to you."
Copied from the Original Diary by E. Cater Leland, Jr., and edited by Selden B. Hill, her great-great-grandson! The original diary was destroyed by fire when the home of Mrs. Horace G. Leland, Jr. of McClellanville, South Carolina burned in 1961. The copy from which this reproduction is made was furnished by Miss Portia L. Seabrook of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.