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System Number: 11801
Date: 27 April 1867
Author: A. Brierre de Boismont[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Published[2]
Document Type: PLc


JE, soussigné, Docteur en médicine [sic] de la faculté de Paris, premier ajoint du mairi [sic] du onzième Arrondissement, Directeur de la maison de Santé du Faubourg St. Antoine, No. 303, certifie que Monsieur —[3], âgé de 33 ans, docteur en médecine, natif d’Angleterre, logé rue et Hôtel Corneille, No. 9, à Paris, a été conduit dans mon établissement le 21 Avril dernier, pour un delirium tremens constaté par M. le Docteur Gantillon[4], rue Monthabor, No. 12, et dont information a été transmise à Monsieur le Préfet de Police, le même jour. M. — a succombé le 23 du même mois à cette maladie, qui, dès le début, avait pris une forme grave, due à une intoxication ou empoisonnement général.

"Fait à Paris le 27 Avril, 1867,

"A. BRIERRE DE BOISMONT."


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Translation:

I, the undersigned, doctor in medicine of the Faculty of Paris, principal assistant commissioner to the mayor of the eleventh District, Director of the clinic at No. 303, Faubourg St. Antoine, certify that Mr —, aged 33, doctor of medicine, native of England, staying at the Hôtel Corneille, 9 rue Corneille, Paris, was brought into my establishment on 21 April last, suffering from delirium tremens as diagnosed by Dr Gantillon, 12 rue Monthabor, and whose information was passed to the Prefect of Police the same day. Mr — died on the 23rd of the same month from this illness, which, from the beginning, had taken a serious form, due to general intoxication or poisoning.


Notes:

1.  A. Brierre de Boismont
Dr Alexandre-Jacques-François Brierre de Boismont (1797-1881), psychoanalyst, Director of the maison de santé in Paris [more].

2.  Published
Published in F. S. Haden, Paris Jurors (London: James Toovey, 1867). The originial document has not been located.

3.  Monsieur —
James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died suddenly on 23 April of alcohol related causes, during a trip to Paris. This led to a quarrel between JW and Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. Haden arranged for Traer's burial, with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. On 26 April 1867, a violent row took place between the brothers-in-law in a Paris café and Haden fell (or allegedly was pushed by JW) through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Fine Arts Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair, Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the club (JW to L. Huth, #02240). The publication of Paris Jurors (op. cit.) was probably part of that campaign.

4.  M. le Docteur Gantillon
H. E. Gantillon, M.D., author of a book on diseases of the womb (1868) [more]; see his statement of c. 23/30 April 1867 (#12332).