Weiner, Profumo, and Others

by Richard Brookhiser

Profumo wins, but this is an honorable American runner-up, particularly the last sentence.

The bare perusal of the letters from Reynolds and his wife is sufficient to convince my greatest enemy that there is nothing worse in the affair than an irregular and indelicate amour. For this, I bow to the just censure which it merits. I have paid pretty severely for the folly and can never recollect it without disgust and self condemnation. It might seem affectation to say more.

From “Observations on Certain Documents . . .” by Alexander Hamilton (the “Reynolds Pamphlet”), August 25, 1797.

The Corner

The one and only.