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The   ministers,   to   do   them   justice,   and   preachers   of   most   sorts   that   were   serious   and  understanding persons, thundered against these and other wicked practices, and exposed the folly as  well as the wickedness of them together, and the most sober and judicious people despised and  abhorred them. But it was impossible to make any impression upon the middling people and the  working labouring poor. Their fears were predominant over all their passions, and they threw away  their money in a most distracted manner upon those whimsies. Maid-servants especially, and men- servants, were the chief of their customers, and their question generally was, after the first demand of  ‘Will there be a plague?’ I say, the next question was, ‘Oh, sir I for the Lord’s sake, what will become of  me? Will my mistress keep me, or will she turn me off? Will she stay here, or will she go into the  country? And if she goes into the country, will she take me with her, or leave me here to be starved and  undone?’ And the like of menservants. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ These things agitated the minds of the common people for many months, while the first  apprehensions were upon them, and while the plague was not, as I may say, yet broken out. But I must  also not forget that the more serious part of the inhabitants behaved after another manner. The  Government   encouraged   their   devotion,   and   appointed   public   prayers   and   days   of   fasting   and  humiliation, to make public confession of sin and implore the mercy of God to avert the dreadful 
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judgement which hung over their heads; and it is not to he expressed with what alacrity the people of  all persuasions embraced the occasion; how they flocked to the churches and meetings, and they were  all so thronged that there was often no coming near, no, not to the very doors of the largest churches.  Also there were daily prayers appointed morning and evening at several churches, and days of private  praying at other places; at all which the people attended, I say, with an uncommon devotion. Several  private families also, as well of one opinion as of another, kept family fasts, to which they admitted  their near relations only. So that, in a word, those people who were really serious and religious applied  themselves in a truly Christian manner to the proper work of repentance and humiliation, as a  Christian people ought to do.
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