Mother’s Journal, and Family Visitant 14 (March 1849),
C. ALLEN (1803 - 1848)
Eliza Crosby Allen was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts.
She was active in various female societies and a contributor to religious
periodicals. In 1840, following her marriage to the Rev. Ira M. Allen, she
became editor of The Mothers' Journal,
and Family Visitant, a position she held until her death in 1848,
after which the Rev. Allen served as one of the magazine's editors.
As editor of The
Mother’s Journal, Mrs. Allen provided advice to her
readers. In the January, 1846, issue she writes:
“One very general cause of failure to accomplish
religious or moral training, is the neglect to cultivate conscientious
motives in children. To secure compliance from them, parents too often appeal
to other motives than principle. “Do this, if you would be
happy,” or “if you could be respected,” or “if you
would please me,” are among the best inducements to obey – and
they are good in their place – which they present to their children.
And worse still, impulse, interest, passion, are brought in as auxiliaries.
To do right, and to do good, should be the grand aim placed before children;
– but then they should have continual proof in their parents’
practice that it is their
aim also." (p. 5)