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George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation (Little Books of Wisdom) [Hardcover]

By George Washington (Author) & Joanne Weisman Deitch (Editor)
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Item description for George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation (Little Books of Wisdom) by George Washington & Joanne Weisman Deitch...

This collection of George Washington's maxims is contained in a handsome hardcover. 110 of his rules, written at age 14, are comprised of both common-sensical rules such as not talking with meat in your mouth, to more unique rules such as not spitting in the fire. 30 pages, 4.25" x 6.75". Red Imitation-Leather like cover with imprinted gold title. Hardcover, 30 pages.

Publishers 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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   36
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.25" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1989
Publisher   Applewood Books
ISBN  155709103X  
ISBN13  9781557091031  

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More About George Washington & Joanne Weisman Deitch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! George Washington (17321799) was the senior officer of the colonial forces during the first stages of the French and Indian War, the commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution, the man who presided over the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution, and the first president of what became the United States of America.

George Washington was born in 1732 and died in 1799.

George Washington has published or released items in the following series...
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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > Revolution & Founding > General
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > General
3Books > Subjects > Reference > Etiquette > General
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Washington's "Rules" are good copywork  May 15, 2008
George Washington's "Rules' are not his at all. The original material in this little volume is thought to have been inspired by rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins, the twelve-year-old son of a doctor. They come to us as part of a larger volume of copywork, written out by George as assigned by a tutor, and was a method of teaching common to his day. Copywork is the practice of copying good quality writing for practice in both penmanship and composition. Many of today's homeschoolers carry on the tradition of daily copywork. Though George Washington didn't compose the rules, they were certainly popularized after he recopied them.
Great Book for Boys  Feb 9, 2008
I bought this book on a trip to Washington DC. I was facinated with the book, but I had no idea that my 4 year old son would find it so interesting. Boys love rules and they want to know what the rules are, who made them, and why. Although a lot of the rules are somewhat dated, most can still be applied to daily life. My son loves to have these rules read to him and reminds me when I break one. If he remembers even one and hesitates to break it in the future then the book will have been worth its price.
Disappointing  May 14, 2007
Very small, 6" x 3.5" maybe 30 pages. Should be descibed and a hard cover pamphlet.
Ageless advice for "civil" conduct.  Nov 22, 2003
Whether this little 30 page book is worth the price or whether George Washington copied these as a penmanship excercise from an english translation of some 16th century French Jesuit writings is immaterial.

After you read these "Rules of Civility" you will feel like carrying this little red book around with you and handing it to rude people to read Rule # 1 "Every action done in company aught to be with some sign of respect to those that are present."

How can our kids and grandkids get exposed to this kind of thinking?

Freely available  Jul 5, 2002
George Washington is one of few people in the history of the world to lead a major revolution for freedom and then not "betray the revolution". For that we owe him all the reverence he gets and then some. But as to his being some sort of brilliant 14-year old with these tremendous insights, it's not correct. Washington copied these rules from a translation of a work produced in the 1500's by Jesuits. The Jesuits actually had a few more. Unfortunately, we can't really give him credit for recognizing the importance of the rules and feeling a need to copy them - the copy was most likely assigned as an exercise in penmanship.

BTW, the rules are available all over the web for free.


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