note of explanation

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"I have let my house to Admiral Croft," would sound extremely well; very much better than to any mere Mr--; a Mr (save, perhaps, some half dozen in the nation,) always needs a note of explanation. An admiral speaks his own consequence, and, at the same time, can never make a baronet look small.
For the first five years, those students were on break when Lemon arrived, so the bundled pencils were thrown into a fenced courtyard with a note of explanation in Spanish.
We are often asked about the criteria we use for our rankings (and by the way, details on that are available on the CDR website) so a brief note of explanation here.
A note of explanation was added to the official definition - to ensure that criticism of Israel would not be ruled anti-Semitic, without additional evidence of such intent.
A Note of Explanation, originally transcribed in Sackville-West's own hand on pages no larger than postage stamps, was one of 200 tiny volumes produced for the library in the luxurious royal dolls' house in 1922.
Two years later, during a home visit from the hospital on May 6, 2002, Mrs Llewelyn, who was "heavily medicated" went missing, leaving no note of explanation and taking no personal belongings with her.
If contract is awarded to someone other than lowest bidder, a note of explanation will appear in the bid file and Commission Minutes.
The decision to report this is one your medical director should make; however, if it is reported, a note of explanation might be in order.
He kindly advised that I needed a number 2 bus and wrote a note of explanation to give the driver.
While the exact manner of addressing a blemish depends on the circumstances, Haddad suggests that candidates might consider writing a letter or note of explanation to be included with their applications.
Attached to the personal statement in the file of a Nieman Fellowship applicant for the class of 2010 is this note of explanation concerning his evolving situation." He had been offered a buyout from his company, he said, and had decided to accept it.
There was no note of explanation or anything, and one of my dresses was ruined because it had been left trailing out of the case.