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Etiquette; What to Do, and How to Do It

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ...and a Marquis would say, Lord Conyngham, ' not 'Marquis of Conyngham;' 'Lord Kilmorey, ' not 'Earl of Kilmorey;' 'Lord Galway, ' not 'Viscount Galway.' The daughter of a Duke, Marquis, or Earl married to a commoner would be announced as 'Lady Elizabeth Clough Taylor, ' 'Lady Adelaide Cadogan, ' 'Lady Henrietta Turnor.' In the case of the lady bearing the title of 'Honourable, ' or a gentleman bearing the same, he or she would not mention it to the servant when asked their names, nor would the servant say, 'The Honourable Mrs Howard, ' or 'The Honourable Mr Finch Hatton, ' when announcing the visitor. He would simply say, ' Mrs Howard, ' or 'Mr Finch Hutton.' To do so would be to betray great ignorance on the part of both visitor and servant, and must never on any account be done. No lady or gentleman whose name the servant does not previously know would say to him, as he pauses before opening the drawing-room door, ' My name is Jones;' she would say 'Mrs Jones, ' or ' Lady Jones.' The prefix must never be omitted, and she would say this to the servant as she arrived at the landing, without waiting for him to ask her name, thus, 'Lady Thompson, ' or 'Mrs Stevens.' If a lady is driving when she makes a call, her servant would say, 'Is Lady D. at home?' or if she were walking or without a servant, she would make the same inquiry herself. If the lady were 'at home' the servant would reply in the affirmative, 'Yes, ma'am, ' or ' Not at home, ma'am, 'if the answer were in the negative. If 'not at home' were the leply, the lady making the call would leave cards in the manner described in the chapter on 'card-leaving.' No servant knowing his duties would volunteer to the lady who called; any information respecting his mistress, as to where she had driven or walked to, Hide synopsis

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