The Book of Good Manners
The Book of Good Manners
THE BOOK OF GOOD MANNERS is a complete and authentic authority on every single phase of social usage as practiced in America. The author has compiled the matter in dictionary form in order to give the reader the desired information as briefly and clearly as possible, and with the least possible effort in searching through the pages.
ACCEPTING OR DECLINING INVITATIONS. See INVITATIONS,
ACCEPTING OR DECLINING.
ACCIDENTS. See STREET ETIQUETTE--MEN--ACCIDENTS.
ADDRESS. The address of a person may be stamped
on the stationery.
If the address is stamped, it is not customary
to stamp also the crest or monogram.
MEN. A man should be addressed as Mr. James
J, Wilson, or James J. Wilson, Esq. Either
the Mr. or the Esq. may be used, but not
the two together.
The title belonging to a man should be
given. It is not customary to use Mr. or
Esq. when Jr. or Sr. is used.
WOMEN. A woman's name should always have
the Miss or Mrs.
A woman should never be given her husband's
official title, as Mrs. Judge Wilson.
If a woman has a title of her own, she
should be addressed as Dr. Minnie Wilson,
when the letter is a professional one. If
a social letter, this should be Miss Minnie
Wilson, or Mrs. Minnie Wilson.
ADDRESSING PERSONS. Young girls should be spoken
of as Minnie Wilson, and not as Miss Minnie,
but are personally addressed as Miss Minnie.
Only the greatest intimacy warrants a man
in addressing a young girl as Minnie.
Parents should introduce their daughter
as My daughter Minnie, but should speak
of them before servants as Miss Minnie.
A married woman should be spoken of as
Mrs. Agnes Wilson, and personally addressed
as Mrs. Wilson.
ADDRESSING AND SIGNING LETTERS. All answers to
invitations should be addressed to the party
Letters to a woman who is a comparative
stranger may begin My dear Mrs. Wilson,
and to a closer acquaintance Dear Mrs.
Letters to a man who is a comparative
stranger may begin My dear Mr. Wilson,
and to a closer acquaintance Dear Mr.
For forms of addressing persons with titles,
as Mayor, see under that title--as, Mayor,
The letters may end, Sincerely yours, or
Very truly yours, or I remain yours with
The signature of a man should be John J.
Wilson or J. Jones Wilson.
An unmarried woman should sign social
letters as Minnie Wilson, and a business letter
as Miss Minnie Wilson. A married woman
should sign a social letter as Agnes Wilson.
In signing a business letter, a married woman
may either sign her name Mrs. Agnes Wilson,
AFTERNOON CALLS. These should be made between three and half-past five, and if possible on regular at home days.
In making an afternoon call a man should wear the regulation afternoon dress.