Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rules of Proper Etiquette Part 4 by George Washington

The next 10 Rules of Civility Presented by George Washington:

31st  If any one far Surpassess others, either in age, Estate, or Merit yet would give Place to a meander than himself in his own lodging or elsewhere the one ought not to except it, So he on the other part should not use much earnestness nor offer it above once or twice.

32d  To one that is your equal, or not much inferior you are to give the chief Place in your Lodging and he to who ‘tis offered ought at the first to refuse it but at the Second to accept though not without acknowledging his own unworthiness.

33d  They that are in Dignity or in office have in all places Preceedency but whilst they are Young they ought to respect those that are their equals in Birth or other Qualitys, though they have no Publick charge.

34th  It is good Manners to prefer them to whom we Speak before ourselves especially if they be above us with whom in no Sort we ought to begin.

35th  Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.

36th  Artificers & Persons of low Degree ought not to use many ceremonies to Lords, or Others of high Degree but Respect and highly Honour them, and those of high Degree ought to treat them with affability & Courtesie, without Arrogancy

37th  In Speaking to men of Quality do not lean nor Look them full in the Face, nor approach too near them at lest Keep a full Pace from them

38th  In visiting the Sick, do not Presently play the Physician If you be not Knowing therein

39th  In writing or Speaking, give to every Person his due Title According to his Degree & the Custom of the Place.


40th  Undertake not to Teach your equal in the art himself Professes; it Savours of arrogancy


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