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Posted by Rachel ( on July 10, 2001 at 02:15:00:

Book of Virtues put together by William Bennett list "George Washington's Rules of Civility". This is most likely a school assignment that was copied.
This book lists 54 of the 110 rules. I will type only the first ten to give you an idea of what they are like.

01. Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those present.

02. In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming voice, nor drum with your fingers or feet.

03. Speak not when others speak, sit not when others stand, and walk not when others stop.

04. Turn not your back to others, especially in speaking; jog not the table or desk on which another reads or writes; lean not on anyone.

05. Be no flatterer, neither play with anyone that delights not to be played with.

06. Read no letters, books, or papers in company; but when there is a necesity for doing, it, you must ask leave. Come not near the books or writings of anyone so as to read them unasked; also look not nigh when another is writing a letter.

07. Let your countenance be pleasant, but in serious matters somewhat grave.

08. Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy.

09. They that are in dignity or office have in all places precedency, but whilst they are young, they ought to respect those that are their equals in birth or other qualities, though they have not public charge.

10. 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.

Good night to all. Hoping DJ has a good day tomorrow/today.

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