The Perfect Gentleman: Or, Etiquette and Eloquence. A Book of Information and Instruction ... Containing Model Speeches for All Occasions ... 500 Toasts and Sentiments for Everybody ... To which are Added, the Duties of Chairmen of Public Meetings ...

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Dick & Fitzgerald, 1860 - Eloquence - 335 pages
"...500 toasts and sentiments for everyboy, and their proper mode of introduction. How to use wine at table, with rules for judging the quality of wine, and rules for carving. Etiquette; or, proper behavior in company, with an American code of politeness for every occasion; and etiquette at Washington. Remarkable wit and conversation at table, etc., etc., to which are added, the duties of chairmen of public meetings, and rules for the orderly conduct thereof, together with valuable hints and examples for drawing up preambles and resolutions."--Title page.

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Page 58 - The thirsty earth soaks up the rain, And drinks, and gapes for drink again. The plants suck in the earth, and are With constant drinking fresh and fair. The sea itself, which one would think Should have but little need of drink, Drinks twice ten thousand rivers up, So fill'd that they o'erflow the cup. The busy sun (and one would guess...
Page 104 - The treasures of the deep are not so precious, As are the conceal'd comforts of a man Lock'd up in woman's love. I scent the air Of blessings when I come but near the house.
Page 58 - Drinks up the sea, and when he's done, The Moon and Stars drink up the Sun. They drink and dance by their own light, They drink and revel all the night. Nothing in Nature's sober found, But an eternal health goes round.
Page 150 - s told but to her mutual breast, We will not ask her name. Enough, while memory tranced and glad Paints silently the fair, That each should dream of joys he's had, Or yet may hope to share. Yet far, far hence be jest or boast From hallow'd thoughts so dear ; But drink to them that we love most, As they would love to hear.
Page 272 - Henderson, the actor, was seldom known to be in a passion. "When at Oxford, he was one day debating with a fellow-student, who not keeping his temper, threw a glass of wine in the actor's face, when Henderson took out his handkerchief, wiped his face and coolly said, " That, sir, was a digression; now for the argument.
Page 31 - Few things surpass old wine ; and they may preach Who please — the more because they preach in vain — Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, Sermons and soda-water the day after.
Page 36 - ... a person of a very good understanding; call him a legislator, a reasoner, and the conductor of the affairs of a great nation, and it seems to me as absurd as if a butterfly were to teach bees to make honey. That he is an extraordinary writer of small poetry, and a diner-out of the highest lustre, I do most readily admit. After George Selwyn, and perhaps Tickell, there has been no such man for this half century.
Page 36 - When he is jocular he is strong, when he is serious he is like Samson in a wig; any ordinary person is a match for him; a song, an ironical letter, a burlesque ode, an attack in...
Page 21 - I put down here for the benefit of my posterity : — " 1st, Always hurry the bottle round for five or six rounds, without prosing yourself, or permitting others to prose. A slight fillip of wine inclines people to be pleased, and removes the nervousness which prevents men from speaking — disposes them, in short, to be amusing and to be amused.
Page 142 - There's a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft, To keep watch for the life of poor Jack!

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