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“Taking wines at eight pounds to the gallon..”

edited March 2019 in Translation


I am reading an old book of 19th century.


“I think he must have weighed nearly three hundred before dinner, and how much more as he got on horseback I should be afraid to say. Taking wines at eight pounds to the gallon, and viands at some-thing less, I should say that the horse must have capered under at least three hundred and twenty or thirty as he touched him with his spur and pointed him at the steep breast of one of the towering hills by which the city is enclosed.”

I cannot understand one sentence: “Taking wines at eight pounds to the gallon ...”
Does it mean that:
1) Author simply states that there is eight pounds in the gallon (and its so, talking about liquors), or
2) Author says that the person drunk about one gallon of alcohols, plus he ate a bit less than a gallon of food.

Thank you!

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