Tips for the Omnibus
One of my favourite themes is how there is no such thing as the "good old days" - senior members of society have been complaining about the manners of youth not being up to their standards ever since the first Homo sapiens sapiens thought she could turn a strip of leather into a neat little bikini.
So some suggestions on behaviour on a bus:
"* Sit with your limbs straight, and do not with your legs describe an angle of 45, thereby occupying the room of two persons.
* Do not spit on the straw. You are not in a hogsty but in an omnibus travelling in a country which boasts of its refinement.
* Behave respectfully to females and put not an upprotected lass to the blush, because she cannot escape from your brutality.
* If you bring a dog, let him be small and be confined by a string."
Want to guess the date?
From The Times of January 30 1826, via Time Out magazine.
I find the class issues of this interesting, given the source. Did readers of The Times, or at least those assumed to read The Times travel on omnibuses at all? And wouldn't they have been assumed to know how to behave? Was this perhaps meant for the servants? Not having the original context there's no way of knowing.