Category Archives: Historical Apologies

Who hasn’t dun a great many things very improper?

Back in the day – the eighteenth century, I mean – Emily Fitzgerald, Countess of Kildare, set up a school for her many children (by the end she had 22). She and her husband, the Duke of Leinster, bought Black … Continue reading

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Facts to know before you face the committee

When the late poet Maxine Kumin had to defend her Radcliffe thesis, the committee asked questions about the thesis – “Amorality and the Protagonist in the Novels of Stendhal and Dostoevsky” – and also questions to test her general knowledge. … Continue reading

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what every castle’s lavatory needs

According to the charming web site The Irish Aesthete, this framed item hangs in a bathroom at Birr Castle, County Offaly. As a lowly American Jewess not of the peerage, I don’t know whether the contrite Earl of Rosse is the current Earl (the 7th, for those keeping … Continue reading

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Lower your expectations, ladies. Or not. Or not! Don’t hit a guy!

SorryWatch hopes it will not give reason to apologize because one of its members (Sumac) is off to Antarctica for several months, under the auspices of the NSF and the US Antarctic Program. But SorryWatch is not worried yet. At … Continue reading

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Darwin sorry not sorry?

In 1880, when Charles Darwin was 71, he got a letter asking if he was a Christian. The letter-writer, worrywart F. A. McDermott, fussed, “If I am to have the pleasure of reading your books, I must feel that at … Continue reading

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a vintage #sorrynotsorry

(Actually, a little searching for the source shows me that this image is a doctored version of this one. BUT STILL. Not sorry for sharing it. Be nice to your server.)

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Let bygones be bygones? NOT SO FAST.

Eliza Hamilton, widow of Alexander Hamilton, had come to visit her daughter in D.C. She was chilling in the back yard with her teenaged nephew when a maid brought James Monroe’s card. (I am guessing this maid was an employee, … Continue reading

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I’d rather take a bullet than apologize

Benedict Arnold is notorious as a traitor in the American Revolution. After fighting with distinction on the American side and being promoted to major general, things started going less well. He was injured at Saratoga (1777), passed over for promotion, … Continue reading

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On hugs and regret

I was going to post about this image and text. I really wanted to.

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We are very very sorry for putting you to death for being a witch

Via i09, A Real-Life Letter of Apology Written by Members of Salem Witch Trial Juries. Meh. Doesn’t fully take responsibility. WE WERE DELUDED, WE HAD NO CLUE… whatever, Puritans.

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