Rules of Civility And Other Writings & Speechesby George Washington, Andrew Trees (Introduction)
Among the manuscript books of George Washington, preserved in the State Archives at Washington City, the earliest bears the date, written in it by himself, 1745. Washington was born February 11, 1731 O. S. , so that while writing in this book he was either near the close of his fourteenth, or in his fifteenth, year. It is entitled "Forms of Writing", has thirty folio pages, and the contents, all in his boyish handwriting, are sufficiently curious. Amid copied forms of exchange, bonds, receipts, sales, and similar exercises, occasionally, in ornate penmanship, there are poetic selections, among them lines of a religious tone on "True Happiness". But the great interest of the book centres in the pages headed : "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation". The book had been gnawed at the bottom by Mount Vernon mice, before it reached the State Archives, and nine of the 110 Rules have thus suffered, the sense of several being lost...
- Barnes & Noble
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 4.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
People today including ones, or perhaps especially ones, who have risen to high political office or to the heights of public or private corporations are often boorish. I suspect such individuals really suffer from an epidemic of incivility that has swept the nation in the past 40 or so years. While some of the rules of civility are dated and the language may be from two and a half centuries past, the general message still comes across--civility is a key attribute for any true leader. George Washington did not create these rules of civility. He obtained them from the writings of others. He wrote the rules so he would commit them to the very core of his being and become a gentleman. Perhaps we should insist that every thirteen year old male read these rules of civility--and also insist they adhere to them.
Excellent example of the quest for social awareness of politeness. I wish some of these rules still applied today. Well worth the read.