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Good Advice from 1837

This advice was published in the Jacksonville Republican in Benton, County, Alabama in 1837 and has been transcribed exactly as written. It is still beneficial today.


Let’s all take it

  • Never believe an ill report of your neighbor without good evidence of its truth.
  • Never propagate it even if you know it to be true.
  • Never listen to an infamous story from a man who is a known enemy to the person defamed, or who is himself infamous for talking about his neighbors.
  • Never utter an evil which you know of another, while you are under the operation of envy and malevolence.
  • If you feel that your duty requires you to mention an evil, wait till your spirits are cooled down, that you may not do him injustice, by insisting his fault in too strong language.

The Grand Masters of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Alabama 1811-2011 – biographical data into the lives and backgrounds of all the Grand Masters of Freemasonry in Alabama from 1811 to 2011. Many early photographs of the Grand Masters are included in this work.

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The Grand Masters of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Alabama 1811-2011



  1. Do you have any information on a business college in Selma, AL (Central City Business College)? I graduated from there in 1959. My family moved to Texas and I lost track of the facility.

  2. Never heard of Benton county Alabama

    1. It no longer exists and is part of Calhoun and other counties now.

  3. Excellent advice !! Everyone should follow these statements, and the world would be a better place to live !!

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