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By Lorinda B.R. Goodwin

This publication employs old archaeological proof to display how well mannered rituals reproduced the social and fabric international of trade in colonial Massachusetts. the writer situates artifacts in the social contexts descibed in modern letters and diaries and depicted in literature and artwork and demonstrates how the recent English retailers chosen and tailored modern British manners to create a brand new American kind of well mannered habit.

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In England, despite a number of wars with the Netherlands and France as well as internal rebellions, this period was considered a remarkably peaceful one. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and through the accession of George III in 1760, London still held sway in 10 Chapter 1 taste-making, but provincial capitals like York and Bristol were also starting to flourish, and Bath gained favor as a fashionable spa resort. The emergence of the novel brought to the fore writers like Richardson, Fielding, Defoe, and Swift and papers like The Tatler and, later, The Spectator became sources of information and opinion in coffeehouses and in homes.

Mason includes works by Bacon and Joseph Addison in this category (Mason 1971: 292–299; Wildeblood and Brinson 1965: 51–53). These divisions are problematic because they overlap too often; Chesterfield’s Letters, for example, could be described as parental advice, a policy work, or a civility text. I prefer a division of courtesy works roughly based on chronological appearance. What can be called courtly literature appears up to nearly the middle of the seventeenth century, after which polite or civil behavior distinguished the form until about 1770, when etiquette began to take its modern form.

By the eighteenth century, these works became entirely moral and didactic. This form included Erasmus’s De civilitate, Baldesar Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier ( Il Cortegiano), Giovanni della Casa’s Il Galateo, and Peacham’s The Compleat Gentleman. Civility texts were books of maxims including more general discussions, ¹This work does not pretend to be a definitive study of the history of manners. Several excellent surveys have been written and should be the starting point for anyone who is interested in the topic.

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