This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
Do not stare around the room.
Do not take a dog or small child.
Do not linger at the dinner-hour.
Do not lay aside the bonnet at a formal call.
Do not fidget with your cane, hat or parasol.
Do not make a call of ceremony on a wet day.
Do not turn your back to one seated near you.
Do not touch the piano, unless invited to do so.
Do not handle ornaments or furniture in the room.
Do not make a display of consulting your watch.
Do not go to the room of an invalid, unless invited.
Do not remove the gloves when making a formal call.
Do not continue the call longer when conversation begins to lag.
Do not remain when you find the lady upon the point of going out.
Do not make the first call if you are a new-comer in the neighborhood.
Do not open or shut doors or windows or alter the arrangement of the room.
Do not enter a room without first knocking and receiving an invitation to come in.
Do not resume your seat after having risen to go, unless for important reasons.
Do not walk around the room, examining pictures, while waiting for the hostess.
Do not introduce politics, religion or weighty topics for conversation when making calls.
Do not prolong the call if the room is crowded. It is better to call a day or two afterwards.
Do not call upon a person in reduced circumstances with a display of wealth, dress and equipage.
Do not tattle. Do not speak ill of your neighbors. Do not carry gossip from one family to another.
Do not, if a gentleman, seat yourself upon the sofa beside the hostess, or in near proximity, unless invited to do so.
Do not, if a lady, call upon a gentleman, except officially or professionally, unless he may be a confirmed invalid.
Do not take a strange gentleman with you, unless positively certain that his introduction will be received with favor.
Do not, if a gentleman, leave the hat in the hall when making merely a formal call. If the call is extended into a visit, it may then be set aside. Whether sitting or standing (Fig. 7), the hat may be gracefully held in the hand.
She should greet each guest with quiet, easy grace.
She should avoid leaving the room while guests are present
She should furnish refreshments to those callers who come a long distance to see her.
She should be aided, upon important occasions, by a gentleman, in the reception of guests.
She should avoid speaking disrespectfully of those who have previously called upon her; she should equally divide her attentions among the several callers, that none may feel slighted.
• P. P. C. cards are no longer left when leaving home to be absent a few months.