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I had two important things before me: the one was the carrying on my business and shop,  which was considerable, and in which was embarked all my effects in the world; and the other was the  preservation of my life in so dismal a calamity as I saw apparently was coming upon the whole city,  and which, however great it was, my fears perhaps, as well as other people’s , represented to be much  greater than it could be. The first consideration was of great moment to me; my trade was a saddler, and as my dealings  were chiefly not by a shop or chance trade, but among the merchants trading to the English colonies in  America, so my effects lay very much in the hands of such. I was a single man, ’tis true, but I had a  family of servants whom I kept at my business; had a house, shop, and warehouses filled with goods;  and, in short, to leave them all as things in such a case must be left (that is to say, without any  overseer or person fit to be trusted with them), had been to hazard the loss not only of my trade, but  of my goods, and indeed of all I had in the world. I had an elder brother at the same time in London, and not many years before come over from  Portugal: and advising with him, his answer was in three words, the same that was given in another  case quite different, viz., ‘Master, save thyself.’ In a word, he was for my retiring into the country, as he  resolved to do himself with his family; telling me what he had, it seems, heard abroad, that the best  preparation for the plague was to run away from it. As to my argument of losing my trade, my goods,  or debts, he quite confuted me. He told me the same thing which I argued for my staying, viz., that I  would trust God with my safety and health, was the strongest repulse to my pretensions of losing my  trade and my goods; ‘for’, says he, ‘is it not as reasonable that you should trust God with the chance or 
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risk of losing your trade, as that you should stay in so eminent a point of danger, and trust Him with  your life?’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ It was a very ill time to be sick in, for if any one complained, it was immediately said he had the  plague; and though I had indeed no symptom of that distemper, yet being very ill, both in my head  and in my stomach, I was not without apprehension that I really was infected; but in about three days  I   grew   better;   the   third   night   I   rested   well,   sweated   a   little,   and   was   much   refreshed.   The 
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