[frequently referred to as Miss Leslie] (November 15, 1787 – January 1, 1858) was an American author of popular cookbooks during the nineteenth century. She gained popularity for her books on etiquette as well.
An amusing writer of the last century, justly complains of the want of definite words to express, distinctly and unmistakably, the different degrees of visits, with reference to their length. Whether the stay of the guest comprises ten minutes, an hour, an evening, a day, a week, or a month, still it goes under the vague and general term of a visit.
We propose, humourously, that if the stay of the guest exceeds a week, it should be called “a visitation.” If it includes a dining, or a tea-drinking, or evening-spending, it may be termed “a visit;” while a mere call can be mentioned as “a vis.”
The idea is a very convenient one, and we should like to see it carried out by general adoption. Meanwhile, we must, for the present, be contented with the old uncertain practice of saying only “visit” and “visiter.” We think it our duty to explain that this chapter is designed for the benefit of such inexperienced females as may be about to engage in what we should like to call “a visitation.”
The book has recommendations for travel, visiting, being visited .. Quite a few of the recommendations are still relevant today.
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