...your union outh to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other. -- Address at the end of his presidency, New York City, September 19, 1796
It is perhaps the defining moment of the United States, the most shining and influential example of the nobility and character of the American people.
Relying on its kindness in this as in other things, and actuated by that fervent love towards it, which is so natural to a man, who views in it the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several gererations; I anaticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat, in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government -- the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
Please distinguish between these separate publications of George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation and similarly titled anthologies including this Work. Thank you.
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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Taking his inspiration from a 16th century French manual on etiquette, young George Washington compiled his own set of instructions under the title, The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior. These concise rules to live by have been studied and copied by millions of readers eager to absorb Washington¿?¿s secrets of success in life and work. Neither unduly severe nor sentimental, the rules have stood the test of time and still reverberate today.… (more)