The rules of etiquette c. 1857

I’m reading a book so fantastic, it’s going to get a YouTube book review from me. But first, I need to finish reading this masterpiece.

How to Behave: A Pocket Manual of Republican Etiquette, and Guide to Correct Personal Habits: Embracing an Exposition of the Principles of Good Manners; Useful Hints on the Care of the Person, Eating, Drinking, Exercise, Habits, Dress, Self-culture, and Behavior at Home; the Etiquette of Salutations, Introductions, Receptions, Visits, Dinners, Evening Parties, Conversation, Letters, Presents, Weddings, Funerals, the Street, the Church, Places of Amusement, Traveling, Etc., with Illustrative Anecdotes, a Chapter on Love and Courtship, and Rules of Order for Debating Societies

Yes. That’s the title of the book. And it is terrific. Samuel R. Wells really knew his mission back in 1857.

More to follow. I must know what has changed in 160 years of etiquette. Also, I have to know what an “American Toad Eater” is. It’s in the table of contents.