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.