Handwritten Journal[19 century Women Education] Album with handwritten poems and inscriptions from many contributors around 1827 New York. 90 pages. 8 x 5 in. Original boards. 12 poems and writings to a young woman named Eliza. Several are dated 1827, New York. Poetry of friendship addressed to the owner: “Eliza, thou hast vex’d me quite; for oh! that pen and ink! How couldst thou ask me for to write? Til not my meat and drink—May be that I am half posess’d! But saying as I think, The art of writing I detest—Confound the pen and ink!— I must not write, I hate to write, I cannot—will not—what! O! Yes, sweet Miss, For one sweet Kiss, I’ll write without one blot.” Friendship albums were popular at this time amongst young women, particularly those finishing their time at a female academy and preparing to leave their school friends. Also includes poetry “On Happiness and Contentment”, “On the Beauties of Nature,” “On the Mind,” “On Man.” The first entry is a handwritten essay “On Woman” that details the many benefits of women’s influence on men. “Of all the manifold blessings bestowed upon man, by his omniscient Creator, tending to alleviate the miseries destined for him to undergo during his probationary existence here, and the better to prepare him for eternal happiness hereafter, none can be more highly estimable, than those derived from the society of woman. By her genial influence, the heart of man, naturally prone to yield to the dictates of error, is almost imperceptibly led into the paths of refinement, where real pleasures only can exist and participates with her, in the purer and more delightful affections fo the soul.” Some light toning and foxing. Front hinge loose. Very good condition.