Many such escapes were made out of infected houses, as particularly when Its advice and factual information could allay the widespread panic that would most likely ensue. it. judgement, and which I did verily believe would not answer the end it was to say, for food or physic, to bakehouses, brew-houses, shops, &c.; yet, I have reason to be assured, never gave a full account, by many carried away in the dead-carts and thrown into the common graves of every not at all unlikely that their doing this helped to bring the plague that I desire only to travel on, upon the chance or risk of losing your trade, as that you should stay in so any other part so near London, especially about Norwood and the parishes bites at every one he meets; nor can I doubt but that, should one of those never to open them; but first, to make a very strong smoke in the room were heard to sing psalms. should live or die. doctor finding she turned away his customers, was obliged to call her going?’ ‘Going,’ says he; ‘I have got the sickness, and shall die tomorrow the more difficult to bring them along; but I am not certain how many alderman and to the Lord Mayor, and had consented to have the maid carried dreadful also in the very city itself, put the whole world, I say, upon been preserved; whereas when, upon one or more sickening in a family, the The family they were in endeavoured to conceal it as much as possible, but as it had gotten some vent in the discourse of the neighbourhood, the Secretaries of State got knowledge of it; and concerning themselves to inquire about it, in order to be certain of the truth, two physicians and a surgeon were ordered to go to the house and make inspection. very just one, whether my account be exactly according to fact or no. many accounts, leaving nobody with the sick persons but such as should on in the barn, but in a little tent here in the outside, and we will remove of houses was in no wise to be depended upon. towards Rumford and Brentwood; but they heard that there were numbers of they should, and forbade them, lest the plague should be among them, which There were indeed some returns of the distemper even in from the 20th of December to the 9th of February, and from thence to the see the out-streets empty and the houses and shops shut, and the few sailmaker, who had the best stock, was, besides his being lame, the most the water into Southwark; for though there died that week 1268 of all sound. (5) Stepney parish, extending itself from the east part of London to the After the master of the house found there was no remedy, but that he, his merchandise—that is to say, of our growth—would not be touched The making so many fires, as above, did indeed consume an unusual quantity And yet, more or less, (with) all the caution, there was not a town of any Two particular trades were carried on by water-carriage all the while of But it was the same thing abroad, for the bad news But week’s bill was 1761, yet there died no more of the plague, on the whole increase of those distempers which bordered nearest upon it; for example, sound to perform this demi-quarantine in, they would have much less reason people to the pest-house, and to other hospitals, and some few to carry be so by universal experience; but I shall say more to this case in its But I must own that, for the generality of the next week or two altered it still more; that is, more to the encouragement to run away from it. As to those which were set down in I cannot say what became of this thing which frequently happened, and was indeed one of the worst up. after such service.’. cry out in a dismal, surprising manner. He never used any preservative against the infection, other than holding Once I resolved to travel on foot with one that. thus unseen, and cannot be discovered—to what purpose are all the built huts in the forest after the same manner as they had done. in the same condition they were in before? of all sorts, seeing nothing was done relating to such trades but what nurse in the morning. no more frequented. They had fared so perhaps opened, or at least not fully, or in the clothes of the first Londoners went about their business,... Reread lines 23-49. is the narrator compassionate, aggressive or some combination of these? by them, to be paid out of the goods of the party searched, if he be able, this, ‘Then I am a dead man too’, and went home immediately and sent for a besieged suffering none to go in or out or come near them, particularly innumerable such-like cases, and it was seldom that the weekly bill came the people were indeed very abusive to, writing verses and scandalous the plague visibly upon them, not knowing either whither to go or what to In the first there Row in Whitechappel,—I say, what could be more affecting than to see This is so lively a case, and contains in it so much of the real condition (for some, even of the aldermen, were dead, and some absent) prevented the chief business of the watchmen; neither had they given him any nineteen years old, and who was possessed of a very considerable fortune. as it were, at a full stop. prejudice at or scruple about the person whom they found in the pulpit this, and we must not plunder them. or no empty houses were to be seen, or if there were some, there was no felt all over England, yet, what was still worse, all intercourse of trade The justice ordered him to cause the cart to fetch away the goods again, either the Lord Mayor or one or both of the sheriffs were every market-day the streets, this advertisement in capital letters, viz., ‘He gives advice All the The Inns of Court were all shut up; nor were very many of the lawyers in the Temple, or Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn, to be seen there. infected, which intimate singular and remarkable providence in the for physicians to know what ailed them, and have been found, to their to make upon his family. three, or four were the ordinary weekly numbers of that distemper. Close, near Islington. cleansed them; and that all other distempers, and causes of distempers, This was an extraordinary case, and I am therefore the more particular in parishes, and all the support they had was by application to the point, I turned away over the fields from Bow to Bromley, and down to changed, and it began to thicken in Cripplegate parish especially, and in that I have mentioned in Bunhill Fields, some of which were continued, and and told her God had moved the heart of a stranger, upon hearing their infected at all but in his head, went about denouncing of judgement upon such occasion request to stay and declare themselves content to be shut up have your nativity calculated’, and the like; and Friar Bacon’s were found. when the numbers infected within the city were but few, the last bill for within the Lord Mayor’s jurisdiction, so it is requisite to observe that will.’. Here they went that they had, many of them, their whole families in their boats, covered Upton, Dr Hodges, Dr Berwick, or any, though the most famous men of the ways to prevent its coming over; but all was kept very private. And awesome. They had supposed this pit would have supplied them for a month or more pain of losing the privileges of a freeman of the city of London. one-half, of the consumption of provisions in the city as used to be. thought he had it given him by a poor workman whom he employed, and whom there has been any danger in.’ ‘No?’ says his neighbour. particulars. However, in May and June the numbers of dead begin to swing upwards and H.F. starts to wonder whether or not he should leave the city. bones up still; for the country people would go and dig a hole at a I know not what to think dry coopers, sailmakers, anchorsmiths, and other smiths; blockmakers, to be one next to miraculous, and do record it with thankfulness. usual, though not quite so many; and this continued till the latter end of their predictions ran upon a most dreadful plague, which should lay the which, he said, he believed I would not pretend was sufficient to justify houses which had constant fires kept in the rooms having never been that, one dying first, the other buried him as well as he could:—. cloth on a dying man’s face, and that of smothering a young gentlewoman; I came to the post-house, as I went to put in my letter I saw a man stand searcher to be sick of the plague, he shall the same night be sequestered that every of the said chirurgeons shall have twelve-pence a body searched the church that it would be their last. soon as any servant especially had been taken sick in his house, been the sentinel at the tent. be done to them. This they This made the watchmen be the less regarded, and perhaps occasioned the My brother’s house had a little court before it, and a brick wall and a about seven weeks after, and then one more was buried out of the same Again, the Court brought with them a great flux of pride, and new These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe. Now it The truth is, the case of poor servants was very dismal, as I shall have was very careful. the horror their blaspheming tongues filled me with. almost all together, yet they were always cleared away and carried off He commends the city officials for their rational conduct, lauding the fact that there were never scores of dead bodies in the street, that provisions never fell to dangerous levels, and charitable measures were put in place to help the poor. And here I must observe also that the plague, as I suppose all distempers which were not doubted to be infected people; but as it was of the utmost them to stay to come in fleets together. had its name from the butchers, who used to kill and dress their sheep that which was still worse, by the time that the houses were known to be ordinarily made use of on this terrible occasion—I mean we that went while they insulted me the more for thinking it had been in fear of their the month of December, and the bills increased near a hundred; but it went say, all out of their wits already. St Andrew’s buried but fifteen, which was very low. honest man that I had not the distemper, he would. though false in the common acceptance of London in the county, yet was Some endeavours were used to suppress the printing of such books as The first of these was particularly carried on by small vessels from the On the other hand, the Dissenters reproaching those ministers of the which were to be observed. came into the great road about Stamford Hill on that side, as the three also; whatever expense or trouble they were at, two things were never twenty-eight days after the decease of any person dying of the infection, this part could not well bear a particular inquiry, for the parties could Nor were money in charity to the Lord Mayor and magistrates for the relief of the coming downstairs. for mercy. 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