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It mattered not, from whence it come; but all agreed, it was come into Holland again. We had no such thing as printed News Papers in those Days, to spread Rumours and Reports of Things; and to improve them by the Invention of Men, as I have lived to see practised since. But such things as these were gathered from the Letters of Merchants, and others, who corresponded abroad, and from them was handed about by Word of Mouth only; so that things did not spread instantly over the whole Nation, as they do now.
But it seems that the Government had a true Account of it, and several Counsels were held about Ways to prevent its coming over; but all was kept very private. Hence it was, that this Rumour died off again, and People began to forget it, as a thing we were very little concerned in, and that we hoped was not true; till the latter End of November, or the Beginning of December , when two Men, said to be French-men, died of the Plague in Long Acre, or rather at the upper End of Drury Lane.
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 gat 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.
This they did; and finding evident Tokens of the Sickness upon both the Bodies that were dead, they gave their Opinions publickly, that they died of the Plague: Whereupon it was given in to the Parish Clerk, and he also returned them to the Hall; and it was printed in the weekly Bill of Mortality in the usual manner, thus, PLAGUE 2. The People shewed a great Concern at this, and began to be allarmed all over the Town, and the more, because in the last Week in December , another Man died in the same House, and of the same Distemper: And then we were easy again for about six Weeks, when none having died with any Marks of Infection, it was said, the Distemper was gone; but after that, I think it was about the 12th of February, another died in another House, but in the same Parish, and in the same manner.
Gileses Parish more than usual, it began to be suspected, that the Plague was among the People at that End of the Town; and that many had died of it, thoe they had taken Care to keep it as much from the Knowlege of the Publick, as possible: This possessed the Heads of the People very much, and few cared to go throe Drury-Lane, or the other Streets suspected, unless they had extraordinary Business, that obliged them to it.
Giles's in the Fields, and St. Andrew's Holborn were from 12 to 17 or 19 each few more or less; but from the Time that the Plague first began in St. Giles's Parish, it was observed, that the ordinary Burials encreased in Number considerably. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books.
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Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview Defoe deftly entangles the reader in a saga of an entire city's mortal combat with an enemy more powerful and inscrutable than any previously known.
Written about the great London plague of , the novel was in direct response to a fresh outbreak of the infection in Marseilles in While Robinson Crusoe gave rise to a host of desert island tales, A Journal of the Plague Year spawned decades of survival stories and the entire genre of historical fiction. About the Author. Daniel Defoe is an apt author for the first disaster novel, having survived numerous catastrophic events himself.
This tradesman-turned-fiction-writer was twice bankrupt, worked as a secret agent perhaps in payment for help getting out of prison , and spent three days in the pillory. Typical of Defoe's resourceful spirit of survival, while in the stocks he composed a poem about his experience that so moved the local flower sellers that they festooned his pillory with roses.
Read an Excerpt It was about the Beginning of September , that I, among the Rest of my Neighbours, heard in ordinary Discourse, that the Plague was returned again in Holland; for it had been very violent there, and particularly at Amsterdam and Roterdam, in the Year , whether they say, it was brought, some said from Italy, others from the Levant among some Goods, which were brought home by their Turkey Fleet; others said it was brought from Candia; others from Cyprus.
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Show More. Introduction When the narrator of Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year , written about the great London plague of requested permission from the church sexton to visit the massive "pit" where plague victims are unceremoniously catapulted, he was told the grave was a "'speaking sight. Punctuated by pained shrieks of victims and bereft loved ones alike, the Journal is, above all, a story of hope and survival. Defoe under the guise of a first-person narrator, H. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. A Journal of the Plague Year displays enticing powers of self-projection into a situation of which Defoe can only have had experience through the narrations of others, and both Moll Flanders and Roxana lure the reader into puzzling relationships with narrators the….
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