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MANNERS.
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POLITENESS.
This consists in an agreeable personal demea­nor, and is founded upon the great rule of mo­rality.—do to another as yon would have ano­ther do to you. We are apt to restrict this to the greater transactions of life. What I now propose is an observance of it in little things—in the every-day intercourse between man and man. I do not mean the arbitrary forms and ceremonies of mere fashionable life, but I mean an habitual regard for the feelings of others, and those looks. words and actions which spring from such a feel­ing. We have no more right wantonly to wound
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the sensibility of another, than wantonly to in­flict wounds upon his body. We have no more right to steal away another's peace of mind, than to steal his visible and tangible property. In a moral point of view, as I have said before, the one act is as wrong as the other. We have laws to protect money, lands, and merchandise; politeness is a code of delicate morals which would throw protection around the nicer and subtler feelings of the heart. Establish these in the minds of children ; render them familiar by habit, easy by repetition. Teach a child to regard the feelings of his brothers, sisters and playmates. If you see him attempt, by look,
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