At the end of last summer my parents took the children and I on an amazing RV vacation.
For 3 weeks we drove from our home to our Nations Capital.
One of the most fascinating things we learned on our trip was the caliber of people our nations settlers were as well as our founding fathers. The majority of people at that time period are what we call Self Made Men And Women.
Now and again I will post something about these people from our countries past. Starting with..
George Washington -- born 1732; died 1799
chairman of the Constitutional Convention, first president of the United States
George Washington, by contrast to Benjamin Franklin, went to one-room "Latin schools," which were tutorial sessions with a single teacher, again with a heterogenous age mix. Like Franklin, he learned to read at home before attending any school. Washington got in only two years of Latin school because his father died and the family couldn't afford to keep sending him.
On our trip I purchased a little book Washington wrote of which I will share in its entirety with you. It is entitled.
George Washingtons Rules Of Civility And Decent Behaviour
George Washington, the father of our country , exhibited notable manners throughout his life. Diligence in social matters was common practice in decent society the world over, during his lifetime.
At the age of 14, George Washington wrote 110 rules under the title Rules Of Civility And Decent Behaviour In Company And Conversation. These rules were drawn from an English translation of a French book of maxims and were intended to polish manners, keep alive the best affections of the heart, impress the obligation of moral virtues, teach how to treat others in social relations, and above all, inculcate the practice of perfect self control.
1 st Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.
2 nd When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered.
3 rd Show nothing to your friend that may affright him.
4 th In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming noise , not drum with your fingers or feet.
5 th If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do it not loud but privately; and speak not in your yawning, but put your handkerchief or hand before your face and turn aside.
6 th Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not on when others stop.
7 th Put not off clothes in the presence of others, nor go out your chamber half dressed.
8 th At play and at fire it is good manners to give place to the last comer, and affect not to speak louder than ordinary.
9 th Spit not in the fire, nor stoop low before it. Neither put your hands into the flames to warm them, nor set your feet upon the fire, especially if there be meat before it.
10 th When you sit down, keep your feet firm and even , with out putting one on the other or crossing them.
11 th Shift not yourself in the sight of others nor gnaw your nails.
12 th Shake not your head, feet, or legs; roll not the eyes; lift not one eyebrow higher then the other; wry not the mouth; and bedew no mans face with your spittle by approaching too near him when you speak.
13 th 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 clothes of your companions, put it off privately; and if it be upon your own clothes, return thanks to him who puts it off.
14 th Turn not your back to others especially in speaking; jog not the table or desk on which another reads or writes; lean not upon anyone.
15 th Keep your nails clean and short, also your hands and teeth clean, yet without showing any great concern of them.
16 th Do not puff up the cheeks; loll not out the tongue, rub the hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them, or keep the lips too open or close.
17 th Be no flatterer; neither play with any that delights not to be played with.
18 th Read no letters, books, or papers in company; but when there is a necessity for the doing of it, you must ask leave. Come not near the books or writings of another so as to read them or give your opinion of them unasked; also look not nigh when another is writing a letter.
19 th Let your countenance be pleasant , but in serious matters somewhat grave.
20 th The gestures of the body must be suited to the discourse you are upon.
These are the 1 st 20 and I will be adding more to this thread throughout the day.
Hope you enjoy this little time travel to the past.