Thursday, November 18, 2010

I would hate to be pronounced a Coward and a Scoundrel in Public

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But that’s because it would be manifestly and demonstrably unfair, given my great bravery and charitableness. (Contest this and I’ll slap you, then hide around a corner.)

Placard from William Tradewell pronouncing Gen. Leigh Read a Coward and a Scoundrel for failing to apologize, dated Tallahassee, Oct. 26, 1839

Ooh, how that must’ve stung … back then.

(via The Agitator)