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a bathing tub to be got ready that evening and a look, ing-glass to be set by it. So much are these young ladies both by nature and custom addicted to cleanly appearance.
A west country gentleman told me, he got a churchlease filled up that morning for the same sum which had been refused for three years successively. I must impute this merely to accident; for I cannot imagine, that any divine could take the advantage of his tenant in so uphapdsome a manner; or that the shortuess of the life was in the least his consideration; though I have heard the saine worthy prelaie aspersed and maligned siuce, upon this
very account. The term being so near, the alarm among the law: yers was inespressible, though some of them, I was told, were so vain as to promise themselves some advantage in making their desence, by being versed in the practice of our earthly courts. It is said too, that some of the chief pleaders were heard to express great satis! faction, that there had been but few state-trials of late years. Several attornies demanded the return of sees, that had been given thic lawyers : but it was answered, the fee was undoubtedly charged to their client, and that they could not connive at such injustice, as to suffer it to be sunk in the attorneys' pockets. Our sage and learned judges had great consolation, insoniuch as they had not pleaded at the bar for several years; the barristers rejoiced in that they were not attorneys, and the attorneys felt no less satisfaction, that they were not pettifoggers, scriveners, and other meaner officers of the law.
As to the army, far be it from me to conceal the truth. Every soldier's behaviour was as updismayed, and undaunted, as if nothing was to happen : I impute not this to their want of faith, but to their martial disposition,
a la though I cannot help thinking they commonly accompa: yung bany their commands with more oaths than are requisite, of arły na which there was no remarkable diminution this morniog
on the parade in St. James's park. But possibly it was charc by choice, and on consideration, that they continued this Erich he way of expression, not to intimidate the common soldiers,
or give occasion to suspect, that even the fear of damine, the nation could make any impression upon their superior antins officers. A duel was fought the same morning between f the two colonels, not occasioned (as was reported) because ve hear the one was put over the other's head; that being a sin point, which might at such a juncture have been accom
modated by the mediation of friends ; but as this was the ba upon the account of a lady, it was judged it could not
be put off at this time, above all others, but demanded e aire immediate satisfaction: I am apt to believe, that a d in the young officer, who desired his surgeon to defer putting
him into a salivation till Saturday, might make this re
quest out of some opinion he had of the truth of the of le prophecy; for the apprehensions of any danger in the of les operation could not be bis motive, the surgeon himself
having assured me, that he had before undergone three severe operations of the like nature with great resignation and fortitude.
There was an order issued, that the chaplains of the several regiments should attend their duty; but as they were dispersed about in several parts of Eng. land, it was believed, that most of them could pot be found, or so much as heard of, till the great day was
Most of the considerable physicians by their outward demeanor seemed to be unbelievers; but at the same time, they every where insinuated, that there might be a pestilential malignancy in the air, occasioned by the
comet, which might be armed against by proper and timely medicines. This caution bad but little effect ; for as the time approached, the christian resignation of the people increased, and most of them (which was never before known) had their souls more at heart than their bodies.
If the reverend clergy showed more concern than others, I charitably impute it to their great charge of souls; and what confirmed me in this opinion was, that the degrees of apprehension and terror could be distioguished to be greater or less, according to their rapks and degrees in the church.
The like might be observed in all sorts of ministers though not of the church of England; the higher their rapk, the more was their fear.
I speak not of the court for fear of offence; and I forbear inserting the names of particular persons, to avoid the imputation of slander, so that the reader will allow the parrative must be deficient, and is therefore desired to accept hereof rather as a sketch, than a regular circumstantial history.
I was not informed of any persons, who showed the least joy; cxcept three malefactors, who were to be executed on the Monday following, and ope old man, a constant church-goer, who being at the poiut of death, expressed some satisfaction at the news.
On Thursday morning there was little or nothing transacted in 'Change alley; there were a multitude of sellers, but so few buyers, that one cannot affirm the stocks bore any certain price except among the Jews; who this day reaped great profit by their infidelity. There were many who called themselves Christians, who offered to buy for time, but as these were people of great distinction, I choose not to mention them, because:
in effect it would seem to accuse them both of avarice and infidelity.
The run upon the Bank is too well known to need a particular relation : for it never can be forgotten, that no one person whatever (except the directors themselves, and some of their particular friends and associates) could convert a bill all that day into species; all hands being employed to serve them. In the several churches of the city and suburbs there
seven thousand two hundred and forty-five, who publicly and solemnly declared before the congregation, that they took to wise their several kept mistresses, which was allowed as valid marriage, the priests not having time to prouounce the ceremony in form.
At St. Bride's church in Fleet-street, Mr. Woolston (who writ against the miracles of our Saviour) in the utmost terrors of conscience, made a public recaptation. Dr. Mandevil* (who had been groundlessly reported for merly to have dove the same) did it now in good earnest at St. James's gate; as did also at the Temple church several gentlemen, who frequent coffee-houses near the bar. So great was the faith and fear of two of them, that they dropped dead on the spot; but I will not record their names; lest I should be thought iovidiously to lay an odiun ou their families and posterity.
Most of the players, who bad very little faith before, were pow desirous of having as much as they could, and therefore embraced the Roman catholic religion: the same thing was observed of some bawds, and ladies
An Irish gentleman out of pure friendship came to
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make me a visit, and advised me to hire a boat for the ensuing day, and told me, that unless I gave earnest for one immediately, he feared it might be too late ; for his countrymen had secured almost every boat upon the river, as judging, that in the general conflagration, to be upon the water would be the safest place.
There were two lords, and three commoners, who, out : of scruple of conscience, very hastily threw up their pensions, as imagining a pension was only an annual retaining bribe. All the other great pensioners, I was told, had their scruples quieted by a clergyman or two of distinction, whom they happily consulted.
It was remarkable, that several of our very richest tradesmen of the city, in common charity, gave away shillings and sixpences to the beggars, who plied about the church doors; and at a particular church in the city, a wealthy church warden with his own hands distributed fifty twelvepenny loaves to the poor, by way of restitution for the many great and costly feasts which he had eaten of at their expense.
Three great ladies, a valet de chambre, two lords, a customhouse officer, five half pay captains, and a baronet (all noted gamesters) came publicly into a cburch at Westminster, and deposited a very considerable sum of money in the minister's hands; the: parties, whom they had defrauded, being either out of town, or not to be found. But so great is the hardness of heart of this fraternity, that among either the noble, or vulgar gamesters (though the profession is so general) I did not hear of any other restitution of this sort. At the same time I must observe that (in comparison of these) through all parts of the town, the justice and penitence of the bighwaymen, housebreakers, and common pick-pockets, was very remarkable.