We’re not ones to harp on the supposed decline of social masculinity. Manhood exists as long as there are men around to claim it. But we do still have social expectations of MEN as opposed to GUYS, many of which have fallen to the wayside of tradition.
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how a man is supposed to act in a certain situation (picture Teddy Roosevelt or Don Draper) but haven’t had anyone to model it or teach you, fret no longer. Cecil B. Hartley’s 1860 classic, The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide For A Gentleman’s Conduct In All His Relations Towards Society is now available for free online through Project Gutenberg.
His practical guide covers everything from table etiquette, party hosting, and letter writing, to style tips, traveling comportment, and manly exercises. Not to mention it’s an enjoyable walk through masculine history in the West.