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Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation [Paperback]

By George Washington (Author)
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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!

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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.12"
Weight:   0.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 13, 2007
ISBN  9562911772  
ISBN13  9789562911771  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! George Washington (1732-1799) 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.

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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.
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 6, 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.

THIS costs ten bucks?!  Nov 3, 2001
Let me first say that I'm a George Washington fan. I've read a few biographies of "the first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen," and was excited to find this work was available in this Not only would I own the only book Washington ever wrote (although it was written at age 14 and was supposed to be a personal list of do's and do not's, not a book), but I would gain valuable insight into Washington's personal mannerisms as he consulted his old list frequently.

I suppose it's my fault for not carefully reading the info that this posted. The book is a whopping 30 pages and has 110 Rules, many of which consist of only one sentence. Furthermore, most of the Rules are things that we do without thinking. One rule advises the reader not to speak "with meat in your mouth" or "Put not off your clothes in the presence of others, nor go out of your chamber half dressed." If you regularly discuss current events while a chicken leg is dangling from your teeth or serve a cold beer in your underware (unless, of course, you work at a gentleman's club), you might benefit from this book.

But I weakly attempt humor. Most of the rules, while they are common sense, remind us of how we, over 225 years later, should interact with people. Other rules advise us not to give medical advice to friends if we're not a doctor, you frustrate the sick. Don't be too hasty to spread news of someone else's misfortunes. In a business relationship, make conversation quick and to the point, yet not cold or unpleasant. While I admit that a few (five, maybe) are very outdated, many of these rules are very useful. The small size of the book allows for it to be carried in a purse or briefcase easily so that you can frequently look at it. In sum, if you have the money to burn, I say, get the book. It's helpful and insightful. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't get it as I don't think it's worth the money.


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