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fore undergone three several operations of the like nature with great resignation and fortitude,
There was an order issued, that the chaplains of the several regiments (hould attend their duty ; but as they were difperfed about in several parts of England, it was believed, that most of them could not be found, or lo much as heard of, till the great day was over.
Most of the considerable PHYSICIANS, by their outward demeanor, seemed to be unbelievers ; but at the fame time, they every where inlinuated, that there might be a peftilential malignancy in the air, occafioned by the comet, which might be arined against by proper and tiinely medicines. This caution had but little effect for as the tine approached, the Christiao refignation of the people increased, and most of thein (which was never hefore known) had their fouls more at heart than their bodies.
If the reverend CLERGY Mowed more concern than others, I charitably inpute it to their great charge of Souls; and what confirined ine in this opinion was, that the degrees of apprehension and terror could be diftin. guished to be greater or Telo; according to their ranks and degrees in the
church. The like might be observed in all sorts of rrinisters, though not of the church of England ;. llie higlior their rank, the rnore.was their fear.
I speak not of the COURT; for fear of offence; and I for ear interting the names of particular persons, to a void the ispitation of finder, so that the reader will allow the narrative mult be deficient, and is therefore defired to accept hereof, raiher as a licetch than a regulur circumstansial bistory.
I was not informed of any persons, who shewed the left joy, except three malifictors, who were to be exe. cuted on the Monday following, and one old man, a constant church-goer, who, being at the point of death, exprest come fatisfaction at the news.
On Thursday morning there was little or nothing transacted in Change alley; there were a multitude of sellers, but so tew buyers, that one cannot affirım the stocks bo e any certain price, except aniong 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 thee were people of greut difiin&tion, I chule not to mention them, because in effect it would leen to accule them both of av vice, 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 themelves, and some of their particular friends and afli ciates). could convert a bill all that day into specie ; all hands being employed to serve them.
In the several churches of the city and suburbs there were feieu choufand two hundred and forty-five, wł.o. publicly and folemily declar d berore she congregation, tiat they took 10 wife their leveral k po mifireffes, which was allowed as valid marriage, the pricit not living time. to pronounce the ceremony in for..
At St Brides's church in Fleelitreet, Mr Woolston (who writ against ile miracles of our Sa: jour), in the utnost terrors of confiience, made a public recantation. Dr Miedevil * (who had been groundlessly reported former ly to have done the fan.e) did it now in good earliest, at St James's gate ; as did also at the Temple church leveral gentlemen, who frequent cofee houses near the bar. So great was tle fish and fear of iwo of them, that. they drop dead on the spot; but I will not record their naines, left I thould be thought invidioufiy to lay an odie 0,11 09 their families and posterity.
Most of the players, wbo had very little faith before, were now desirous of having as much as they could, and therefore embraced the Roman Catholic religion ; the fame thing was observed of some bawds and ladies of pleasure,
An Irish gentleman, out of pure friendship, came to make me a vilit, and advited me to hire a boat for tlie ensuing day, and told me, that uplofs I
earnest for one iminediately, he feared it miglit be too late ; for his country-men had secured almost every bout upou the ri.
* Author of The fable of the bees, a book intended to fubvert: pot only religion but virtue, by bewing that private vices are public benefits.
ver, as judging that, in the general confiagration, to be upon the water would be the safest place.
There were two lords, and three commoners, who, out of a scruple of conscience, very baitily threw up their pen. sions, as iinagining a pension was only an annual retain. ing bribe. All the other great penfioners, I was told, had their fcruples quieted by a clergymon or two of distinction, whom they happily consulted.
It was remarkable, that several of our very richest tradesmen of the city, io common charity, gave away thillings and lixpences to the beggars, who plyed about thec hurch-doors; and, at a particular church in the city, a wealthy church warden, with his own hands distributo ed fifty twelve penny loaves to the poor, by way of resti. lution for the many great and coitly feasts wbieli he had eaten of at their expence.
Three great ladies, a valet de chambre, two lords, a custom-boufe officer, five balf-pay captains, and a baropet (all noted gameflers), cane publicly into a church at Westminifter, and depolited a very confderable sum of money in the minister's bands; the parties, whom they had defrauded, heing either out of town, or not to be found. But so great is the hardness of heart of this fraternity, that anong either the noble, or vulgar garnesters, (thos the profeflion is fo general), I did not hear of any other restitution of this fort. At the same time I mult observe, that (in comparison of thele) through all parts of the town, the justice and penitence of the highway. men, house breakers, and common pick pockets, was very remarkable.
The directors of our pablic companies were in fich dreadful apprehenfons, that one would have thought a parliamentary inquiry was at hand; yet so great was their presence of mind, that all the Thuriday morning was taken up in private transfers, which, by malicious people, was thought to be done with delign to conceal their ef; fects.
I forbear mentioning the private confe(fions of parties lar ladies to their husbands; for as their children were born in wedlock, and of consequence are legitimate, it would be an invidious task to record then as bastards ;
and particularly after their feveral husbands have fo cha-ri:ably forgiwo them.
The evening and night through the whole town were spent in devotions both public and private ; the churches, for this one day, were so crouded by the nobility and gen. try, that thoulands of common people were seen praying in the public streets. In short, one would have thought the whole town had been really and seriously religious. But what was very remarkable, all the different perlia Lions kept by themselves, for as each thought the other would be damned, not one would join in prayer with the other.
At length Friday came, and the people covered all . the streets ; expecting, watching, and praying. But as the day wore away, their fears first began to abate, then Jeslened every hour; at night they were almoft extincts. till the total darkness, that hitherto used to terrify, now. comforted every free-thinker and atheist, Great numbers went together to the taverns, bespoke fuppers, and broke up whole hogsheads for joy. The subject of all wit and conversation was to ridicule the prophecy, and raily cach other. All the quality and gentry were perfettly alhaned, nay, fome utterly disowned that they had manifested any signs of religion.
But the next day even the common people, as well as their betters, appeared in their usual state of indifference. They drank, they whored, shey fwore, they lyed,- they cheated, they plundered, they gained, they quarrelled, they murdered. In short, the world went on in the old chaonel.
I need not give any instances of what will be fo easily credited ; but I cannot omit relating, that Mr.Woolftoo advertised in that very Saturday's Evening Poft, a new treatise against the miracles of our Saviour ; and that the few who had given up their pensions the day before, folicited to have them continuet ; which, as they had not been thrown up open any ministerial.print, I am informw was read.ly granted.
T A T L E R*
NU MB ER V.
From Tuesday, Jan. 23. to Saturday, Jan 27: 1710.
MONGST other services I have met with from
fome critics, the cruelleft for an old man is, that they will not let me be at quiet in my bed, but purfue me to my very dreams. I must not dream but when they please, nor upon long, continued subjects, however vifionary in their own natures; because there is a manifest moral quite through them, which to produce as a dream
N. B. The two following Tatters are not in the four volumes published by Sir Richard Steelc.
In the preface to the Tarler, vol. iv. Sir Richard Stcele speaks thus of Dr. Swift. “ I have, in the dedication of the first vor * lume, made my acknowledgments to Dr. SWIFT; whose plea*** fant writings, in the name of Bickerfioff, created an inclinati
on in the cowit towards any thing that could appear in the fame disguise. I must acknowlege also, that, at my first entering opon
this work, a certain uncommon way of thinking, and a turn in conversation peculiar to that agreeable gentleman, ren“ dered his company very advantageous to one, whose imagina"tion was to be continually employed upon obvious and common
subje&s, tho' at the same time obliged to treat of them in a news " and unbeaten method. His verses on the Shower in town, and * the Defcription of the morning, are instances of the happiness of " that genius, which could raise such pleasing ideas upon occak;" ons fo barren to an ordinary invention."