Tuesday, September 5, 2017

George Washington's First Rule of Civility

We're starting a new semi-regular feature here at The Gazette of Pelayos. We're going to be publishing a series of "rules of civility and decent behavior.” They were devised and published in 1595 by French Jesuits. In the 1740s, a young man named George Washington transcribed these rules from a 1645 English translation of the original French book, in order to practice penmanship. 

The rules remain a sound moral code today. If everyone practiced them, the world would be a much better place. I confess that as often as not, I fail to live up to these standards. So, hopefully, by posting the rules here, I’ll be reminding myself to follow them. 

So without further ado, here’s the first rule: 

“Every action done in company, ought to be with some sign of respect, to those that are present.” 


Blog news: I’m absolutely thrilled and amazed by how quickly this blog has been growing. According to Blogger’s stats, The Gazette of Pelayos gets traffic from around the world! Thank you to everyone who has paid this humble blog a visit during its first two weeks of existence. Please keep on visiting, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section. We’re going to be posting some very cool stuff really soon.

For Fatherland, Bread, and Justice, 

Jaime de Andrade 

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