London might well be said to be all in tears the

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presented itself, it must make just impressions upon their minds and fill them with surprise. London  might well be said to be all in tears; the mourners did not go about the streets indeed, for nobody put  on black or made a formal dress of mourning for their nearest friends; but the voice of mourners was  truly heard in the streets. The shrieks of women and children at the windows and doors of their  houses, where their dearest relations were perhaps dying, or just dead, were so frequent to be heard as  we passed the streets, that it was enough to pierce the stoutest heart in the world to hear them. Tears  and lamentations were seen almost in every house, especially in the first part of the visitation; for  towards the latter end men’s hearts were hardened, and death was so always before their eyes, that  they did not so much concern themselves for the loss of their friends, expecting that themselves should  be summoned the next hour. Business led me out sometimes to the other end of the town, even when the sickness was chiefly  there; and as the thing was new to me, as well as to everybody else, it was a most surprising thing to  see those streets which were usually so thronged now grown desolate, and so few people to be seen in  them, that if I had been a stranger and at a loss for my way, I might sometimes have gone the length of  a whole street (I mean of the by-streets), and seen nobody to direct me except watchmen set at the  doors of such houses as were shut up, of which I shall speak presently. One day, being at that part of the town on some special business, curiosity led me to observe  things more than usually, and indeed I walked a great way where I had no business. I went up  Holborn, and there the street was full of people, but they walked in the middle of the great street,  neither on one side or other, because, as I suppose, they would not mingle with anybody that came out  of houses, or meet with smells and scent from houses that might be infected. The Inns of Court were all shut up; nor were very many of the lawyers in the Temple, or  Lincoln’s Inn, or Gray’s Inn, to be seen there. Everybody was at peace; there was no occasion for  lawyers; besides, it being in the time of the vacation too, they were generally gone into the country.  Whole rows of houses in some places were shut close up, the inhabitants all fled, and only a watchman  or two left.
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