George Washington's Rules of Civility: Traced to Their Sources and Restored
The editor's theory is that the Rules were derived from the oral instruction of Rev. James Marye, supposed to have been Washington's teacher in Fredericksburg, Va. The original source of the Rules appears to have been a French work, first published in 1617, and reprinted in various editions. The present work includes a comparison of the text of Washington's Rules with several editions of the French work, including an English translation.
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Page 180 - Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
Page 159 - Make no show of taking great delight in your victuals; feed not with greediness ; cut your bread with a knife ; lean not on the table ; neither find fault with what you eat.
Page 74 - Read no letters, books, or papers in company ; but, when there is a necessity for doing it, you must ask leave. Come not near the books or writings of any one so as to read them, unless desired, nor give your opinion of them unasked ; also, look not nigh when another is writing a letter.
Page 137 - Speak not in an unknown tongue in company, but in your own language, and that as those of quality do and not as the vulgar; sublime matters treat seriously.
Page 147 - Be not apt to relate news if you know not the truth thereof. In discoursing of things you have heard, name not your author always. A secret discover not. 45. Be not curious to know the affairs of others, neither approach to those that speak in private.
Page 104 - When a man does all he can, though it succeeds not well, blame not him that did it.
Page 58 - Turn not your back to others, especially in speaking; jog not the table or desk on which another reads or writes ; lean not on any one.
Page 127 - Speak not of doleful things in time of mirth, nor at the table ; speak not of melancholy things, as death and wounds, and if others mention them, change, if you can, the discourse.