A friend of mine (thanks, Susan!) transcribed this recently in the middle of her own research:
September 5, 1855; Vincennes, Indiana; published in the Buffalo Democrat
Perhaps we should say unsafe undressing.
A story is whispered about of a gentleman in this city who left his raiment on the beach and went into deep water, and was there nearly taken with cramps at beholding a rag-picking female lift his shirt, white pantaloons, stockings and cravat into her basket and vamoose.
That man’s costume, after his bath, can better be imagined than described. He is said to have principally made up the deficiencies of his wardrobe with blasphemy. In the language of scripture, he clothed himself with curses as with a garment.
And this is why I love what I do in real life… how often do you run across such a delicious turn of phrase today?
He is said to have principally made up the deficiencies of his wardrobe with blasphemy.