Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 196 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...of the reach of the dreadful infection; and being as good husbands5 as they could, would endeavour to live upon what they had as long as it would last, and then work for more, if they could get work anywhere of any kind, let it be what it would. AVhile they were considering to put this resolution in practice iii the best manner they could, the third man, who was acquainted very well with the sail-maker, came to know of the design, and got leave to be one of the number: and thus they prepared to set out. It happened that they had not an equal share of money; but as the sail-maker, who had the best stock, was, besides his being lame, the most unfit to expect to get anything by working in the country, so ho was content that what money they had should all go into one public stock, on condition that whatever any one of them could gain more than another, it should, without any grudging, be all added to the public stock. 1 For that particular purpose. ' Lay only. 3 Then. J Was. See page 57, note 3. They resolved to load themselves with as little baggage as possible, because they resolved at first to travel on foot, and to go a great way, that they might, if possible, be effectually safe. And a great many consultations they had with themselves before they could agree about what way they should travel, which they were so far from adjusting that, even to the morning they set out, they were not resolved on it. At last, the seaman put in a hint that determined it. "First," says he, " the weather is very hot, and, therefore, I am for travelling north, that we may not have the sun upon our faces and beating upon our Breasts, which will heat and suffocate us; and I have been told," says he, " that it is not good to overheat our blood at a time when, for aught...

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Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660, adding the "De" after he reached the age of 40. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. Defoe's best-known novels include Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. Defoe also wrote the 3-volume A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, an important source of English economic life. He wrote satirical poems and pamphlets and edited a newspaper. Defoe was imprisoned and pilloried for his controversial work, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, which suggested that all non-Conformist ministers be hanged. Defoe also was the first writer of modern English ghost stories, one of which is "A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal." He died in 1731.

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