George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation

George Washington s Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks notations marginalia and flawed pages

  • Title: George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation
  • Author: George Washington Adam Haslett
  • ISBN: 9780931917189
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

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    Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, he learned the morals, manners, and body of knowledge requisite for an 18th century Virginia gentleman.He pursued two intertwined interests military arts and western expansion At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the first skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indian War The next year, as an aide to Gen Edward Braddock, he escaped injury although four bullets ripped his coat and two horses were shot from under him.From 1759 to the outbreak of the American Revolution, Washington managed his lands around Mount Vernon and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses Married to a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis, he devoted himself to a busy and happy life But like his fellow planters, Washington felt himself exploited by British merchants and hampered by British regulations As the quarrel with the mother country grew acute, he moderately but firmly voiced his resistance to the restrictions.When the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his ill trained troops and embarked upon a war that was to last six grueling years.He realized early that the best strategy was to harass the British He reported to Congress, we should on all Occasions avoid a general Action, or put anything to the Risque, unless compelled by a necessity, into which we ought never to be drawn Ensuing battles saw him fall back slowly, then strike unexpectedly Finally in 1781 with the aid of French allies he forced the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.Washington longed to retire to his fields at Mount Vernon But he soon realized that the Nation under its Articles of Confederation was not functioning well, so he became a prime mover in the steps leading to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787 When the new Constitution was ratified, the Electoral College unanimously elected Washington PresidentHe did not infringe upon the policy making powers that he felt the Constitution gave Congress But the determination of foreign policy became preponderantly a Presidential concern When the French Revolution led to a major war between France and England, Washington refused to accept entirely the recommendations of either his Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who was pro French, or his Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who was pro British Rather, he insisted upon a neutral course until the United States could grow stronger.To his disappointment, two parties were developing by the end of his first term Wearied of politics, feeling old, he retired at the end of his second In his Farewell Address, he urged his countrymen to forswear excessive party spirit and geographical distinctions In foreign affairs, he warned against long term alliances.Washington enjoyed less than three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, for he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799 For months the Nation mourned him.


  • Every American ought to read--no, ought to own this book. It's only 44 pages, hardly a book at all. And the Rules of Civility are more a curiosity than anything else. But each of us should read and ponder the four addresses, especially Washington's 1796 statement on the occasion of him not seeking a third term as President, once a year.A great read.

  • Have endured a week of people that really need to read this book! Then I realized I never rated it here. Thinking over the little rules here really makes me smile, at least! It's great fun with the writing style and manners covered. I seem to remember something about "do not bedew another man with your spittle by approaching too close when you speak." ;-p And while I think we can thank our lucky stars that some rules (such as how to politely pick lice off oneself in public) are no longer relevan [...]

  • Originally written in about 1595, (good manners never really go out of style do they?)these rules governed the conduct of our first president George Washington. Here is the first: 1. Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.This one had my boys laughing:13. Kill no vermin, or fleas, lice, ticks, etc. in the sight of others; if you see any filth or thick spittle put your foot dexterously upon it; if it be upon the clothes of your companions, p [...]

  • We are told that at age 14, George Washington wrote down 110 rules under the title "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation." I doubt that anyone would question that he lived his life by these rules.Some, of course, we would consider antiquated, but there are many gems here: Rule #1 - Every action done in company ought to be done with some sign of respect to those that are present;" Rule #6 - Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you sh [...]

  • Well for me, basic principles (what we now call protocol) on how to conduct yourself (in terms of clothing, eating, behaving, conversing). But truth be told - a lot more people, the public really, should read this. Not everyone has had protocol training. But even so, this is something that we learn, and learn even more throughout our lifetime. And its a set of skills that will stick with you throughout your dealings with other people in whatever way.Manners are but fading - and we need a renaiss [...]

  • Supposedly written by Washington in his youth, it is said that he based it on rules of etiquette written by French Jesuit monks in the 15th century. Some of the language is a little tough to understand and some of the rules are antiquated. All in all though, a very good reference book for how to act appropriately in a variety of different situations. He has stuff like, and I paraphrase: "Don't laugh at your own jokes", "Don't ask about someone's personal business" and "Don't talk poorly of someo [...]

  • At the age of 14, George Washington translated and copied down a list of 110 French maxims on civility and decent behavior. Reading these, I'm willing to bet that Washington would be appalled at the current state of civility in the world, but then, I'm sure there were also plenty of people in his own time that appalled him if he truly believed and followed all of these rules.I think my favorite of the bunch is number 12: "Shake not the head, feet, or legs; roll not the eyes; lift not one eyebrow [...]

  • I recently received this little book from a friend written by my relative -- not long ago I discovered that President George Washington was my 3 cousin, 6 times removed. The 110 Rules which are set forth in this little 30-page book are interesting but understandably written in what from today's point of view is very archaic language. Almost all of Washington's Rules are what would generally be considered common sense. An example of both the archaic language and common sense to which I refer is R [...]

  • Some of my favorite rules:#1 Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.#6 Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when other Stop.#19 Let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave.#22 Show not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy.#44 When a man does all he can through it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it.#45 [...]

  • Excellent.This was given to me by some dear friends tonight, along with one of Donald Trump's books, "The Art Of The Comeback". They suggested I compare the two.Trump loses. Big time.I'd recommend this to anyone interested in developing their leadership traits, character, and overall reputation. Some of the suggestions are anachronistic, but a great number are still applicable. I wish I'd had this when I was younger.It's English is slightly archaic, but not so opaque that a bit of patience and c [...]

  • I was amazed at this book and all the rules that it gave. My teacher recommended this book for me because I was doing a research paper on rudeness for my college paper and I was at the beginning thinking that this book was not going to provide me with the information that I was going to need. I was wrong and when I began to read the book I ABSOLUTELY loved it!!! Now I can see why my teacher loved this book It provided all the morals that people should have nowadays but lack now

  • Enjoyed learning about the rules of civility that George Washington wrote when he was only 15. One of my favorites was Rule 83d: "When you deliver a matter do it without Passion & with Discretion, however mean ye Person be you do it too." Think on that for a few minutes. What do you think he meant with that statement? I enjoyed thinking about it. I am challenged to maintain appropriate and careful etiquette and manners though much of that has been lost in our generation and youth.

  • I read the version sold at Mount Vernon, as it caught my eye in the gift shop. Nearly all the rules are perfectly applicable in a modern age, and definitely made me think about where I'm falling short!Reaffirms the notion that Washington really was as correct and poised in reality as one imagines in the abstract- but with a sense of humor. Delightful (tiny) read!

  • A very interesting little book on manners and courtesy. There are a few times that I needed to stop and 'translate' in my head what was meant, but most of the rules hold up very well. Someone else mentioned that it would be good for a teenager, and that sounds about right. Some of it is self-evident or explanatory.

  • Very interesting book of proverbs. And he wrote this when he was fourteen! I wish all parents went over these rules with their fourteen-year old children. Had to think of my own translations for not spitting in the fire and other things that no longer apply to our culture. But that process made the book even more interesting - trying to figure out why there was a rule for some things.

  • Why don't we get this book in the first grade? Why haven't you given this book to your children? Though written in old English, just a simple list of rules that we should still be teaching our young people, let alone a good refresher for our own behavior.

  • Fun, short read that - aside from reminding me of a few basic manners I'd forgotten - imparts a sense of who the young George Washington was. Really neat to see the old spellings and young writing style!

  • Charming little book; this would be a nice little gift book, and while the language is old, almost all of the contents are current. The manners required to sit "at fire" may not pertain to today, but many do such as, "Gaze not on the marks and blemishes of others and ask not how they came"

  • Though an interesting look at what constituted proper behavior for upper class men in the 18th century, this edition is not particularly clear on the actual origin of the rules (which were not written by Washington, but translated by him). It is unlikely that most people from other walks of life followed these even at the time, which is why the comments in other reviews to the effect that people should follow these more strictly today amuse me a little. Though yes, there are some very good sugge [...]

  • A light and breezy read, certainly worth perusal. This book would be an excellent gift for a teenager, especially a 15 year old as that was Washington's age at the time he wrote the rules. One note of caution: I read the version first produced in 1989 by The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, with an introduction by Letitia Baldrige and it certainly does present a rather cheerful and glowing slant on Washington in their commentary (not that he had many faults, but he was human afterall!). The grav [...]

  • A Charming little book reportedly written by George Washington when he was just 14 years old.The book is laid out as a list of 110 rules for decent behaviour. This may sound a bit dull but it is easy to read through as each rule is very short and most of them are perfectly relevant even today. For example; 56: "Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company" and 89; "Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust" [...]

  • You wouldn't think it, but this old fashioned view on proper behavior can be humorous at times with it's phrasing. My favorite one was Rule #13, WHICH READS, "KILL NO VERMIN AS FLEAS, LICE, TICKS &C IN THE SIGHT OF OTHERS; IF YOU SEE ANY FILTH OR THICK SPITTLE, PUT YOUR FOOT DEXTERIOUSLY UPON IT; IF IT BE UPON CLOTHES OF YOUR COMPANIONS, PUT IT OFF PRIVATELY; AND IF IT BE UPON YOUR OWN CLOTHES, RETURN THANKS TO HIM WHO PUTS IT OFF." Our English language has been so dumbed down that unfortuna [...]

  • This book has two parts. The first part is the rules of civility and decent behavior. Which are interesting and most are still relevant in today's world. These weren't actually written by the first president but were the guidelines he was taught when he was younger. You can see how it influenced him when grew up. The second half is more his writings as General and his Presidency. This is where the book bogs down unfortunately. I found his style of writing and speaking is very difficult to get th [...]

  • This was a quality little gem that I'd like to own. Many of the practices should still be put into effect today so we can be more decent people. But, sadly, they've fallen by the wayside. I liked rule #96: It's unbecoming to stoop much to one's meat. Keep fingers clean and when foul wipe them on the corner of your table napkin. Why aren't I using the word foul more in my everyday conversation? That's the best word. There were a few rules that I thought were stupid like rule #85: In company of th [...]

  • Not as interesting as I thought it might be. On the other hand, I could recommend reading it to a lot of people, as they lack much of a sense of civility (the more interesting part of the book). The portion dedicated to the art of conversation is dated (still making some good points) and seems somewhat superficial. Perhaps the art of "small talk" was considered more valuable in Washington's day. Whether or not any of the principles in the book influenced other people when it was published is har [...]

  • George Washington's 2nd rule:"When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered."Packed with excellent gems such as this. Also, just interesting reading--many of the etiquette 'rules' (that Washington copied down at age 14 from a translation of French maxims) hold true today. Some are curious and not surprisingly obsolete, others rather thoughtful and deep. But at only 110 maxims long--it's a fast, entertaining read that would appeal to a wide variety of people: [...]

  • Easily read quickly, but for maximum benefit, read slowly, read often. I am guilty of violating these ancient rules that have been passed down since before the 16th century by Jesuit Missionaries. These are rules that Washington transcribed as a 16-year old boy and now are in print, attributed to him, though he transcribed them more than 200 year after their first appearance in the 1500's. What a different world America would be were we all to follow these rules of decency. I can't change the wo [...]

  • 110 assorted maxims, as transcribed by President George Washington (before he was president). These brief recommendations cover all social behaviour generally, with particular note to how to act at meals and in business. Although the list may be considered to provide insight into Washington's personality, that it has been transcribed from material put together by Jesuits means that the most that can be gleaned from it is his perspective on their teaching, and what aspects of it he (or they) felt [...]

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