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their health or so much as being apprehensive of any danger from
them, though they knew them not to be sound.
This imprudent, rash conduct cost a great many their lives who had
with great care and caution shut themselves up and kept retired, as it
were, from all mankind, and had by that means, under God's
providence, been preserved through all the heat of that infection.
This rash and foolish conduct, I say, of the people went so far that
the ministers took notice to them of it at last, and laid before them
both the folly and danger of it; and this checked it a little, so that they
grew more cautious. But it had another effect, which they could not
check; for as the first rumour had spread not over the city only, but
A Journal of the Plague Year