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George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour - (Books of American Wisdom) (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 36

Genre: Reference

Sub-Genre: Etiquette

Series Title: Books of American Wisdom

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Applewood Books

Age Range: Adult

Author: George Washington

Language: English

Street Date: August 1, 1989
TCIN: 11722677
UPC: 9781557091031
Item Number (DPCI): 247-01-8414
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

Description

Copied out by hand as a young man aspiring to the status of Gentleman, George Washington's 110 rules were based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. The first English edition of these rules was available in Francis Hawkins' Youths Behavior, or Decency in Conversation Amongst Men, which appeared in 1640, and it is from work that Washington seems to have copied. The rules as Washington wrote them out are a simplified version of this text. However much he may have simplified them, these precepts had a strong influence on Washington, who aimed to always live by them. The rules focus on self-respect and respect for others through details of etiquette. The rules offer pointers on such issues as how to dress, walk, eat in public, and address one's superiors.
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