Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rules of Proper Etiquette Part 5 by George Washington

Resuming this week, Washington's Rules of Proper Etiquette beginning with number 41:

41st  Undertake not to Teach your equal in the art himself Proffesses; it Savours of arrogancy

42d  Let thy ceremonies in Courtesie be proper to the Dignity of his place with whom thou conversest for it is absurd to act y same with a Clown and a Prince

43d  Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.

44th  When a man does all he can though it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it.

45th  Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in publick or in Private; presently, or at Some other time in what terms to do it & in reproving Shew no Sign of Cholar but do it with all Sweetness and Mildness

46th  Take all Admonitions thankfully in what Time or Place Soever given but afterwards not being culpable take a Time & Place conveninet to let him him know it that gave them.

47th  Mock not nor Jest at any thing of Importance break no Jest that are Sharp Biting and if you Deliver any thing witty and Pleasent abtain from Laughing thereat yourself.

48th  Wherein wherein you reprove Another be unblameable yourself; for example is more prevalent than Precepts

49  Use no Reproachfull Language against any one neither Curse nor Revile

50th  Be not hasty to beleive flying Reports to the Disparagment of any


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