More of Washington’s Rules of Civility

Below are a few more of George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation that relate specifically to the manners of the time:

Young Washington

2d When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usualy Discovered.

4th In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.

7th Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Drest.

10th When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.

12th Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs rowl not the Eys lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.

13th 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 the Cloths of your Companions, Put it off privately, and if it be upon your own Cloths return Thanks to him who puts it off.

29th When you meet with one of Greater Quality than yourself, Stop, and retire especially if it be at a Door or any Straight place to give way for him to Pass.

Tomorrow,  A Medieval Welcome   Rita Bay

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2 responses to “More of Washington’s Rules of Civility

  1. “Lift not one eyebrow”??? Well, he’d never be a Regency hero!

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