Comprising rules of etiquette, social forms and ceremonies, forms of letters, invitations, etc., also suggestions on home culture and training.
“During the past winter Selma has been the harvest home for book agents. Books of all kinds, agents of both genders have inveigled our people into buying their books. Some of these books were sold on the installment plan and a few of them C.O.D. Among the many agents who were here was a handsome, oily tongued fellow, calling himself Russell, selling ‘Our Deportment.’ This fellow had some certificates from some of our ministers about the ‘goodness’ of his book. Well the same young man with his certificate of character, as it were, was mean enough to beat his landlady out of six weeks board. When leaving Russell told his landlady that his ‘pard’ would settle with her, and his pard came, delivered the books, collected the money and skipped out leaving the aforesaid landlady minus thirty dollars and nothing but experience for her pay.”
– The Montgomery Adviser, Montgomery, Alabama, 1 May 1884
“QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
I read THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE and I read what the ‘Two Belles’ write, so I thought I would tell them that I think ‘Our Deportment: or, The Manners, Conduct, and Dress of the Most Refined Society,’ is a good book on etiquette. Will some one please tell me some way to make hair grow long. – Emma B., Albion, Iowa”
– The National Tribune, Washington, DC, 31 Jan 1884
“The following four volumes have been taken from the library during the past two years, without leave: ‘Our Deportment; or, the Conduct, Manners and Dress of the most Refined Society,’ by John H. Young; ‘Whittier’s Poems,”Dillon on Removal of Causes,’ and ‘The New Testament, Revised Edition,’ the latter bound in dark morocco, with flexible covers. It seems an incongruous collection for purposes of larceny. The party in pursuit of knowledge under difficulties, who purloined Mr. Young’s work on ‘The Conduct, Manners, Etc., of the Most Refined Society,’ will scarcely find in it a precedent for his act.”
– The Atchison Daily Champion, Atchison, Kansas, 15 Oct 1884