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January 12, 1889

Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.

JAMA. 1889;XII(2):70-71. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400790034013

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Abstract

Among the entertaining brochures of the year just closed, is Dr. Toner's edition of "Washington's Rules of Civility." Dr. Toner says: "The unceasing desire of the public to learn more and more of the life and character of General Washington, induces me to publish entire, and for the first time, with literal exactness, his ` Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.'

They were written by him at about the age of thirteen, and with the exception of some school exercises, are the earliest of his productions, in the order of time, which have been preserved. It is proper, too, that their publication should precede that of his Diaries and Journals, taken by Dr. Toner from the original MS. and arranged in chronological order with notes, which are now nearly ready for the press.

The first of the series Washington himself entitles "A Journal of my Journey Over

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