Apprehensions of its being the infection went also

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apprehensions of its being the infection went also quite away with my illness, and I went about my  business as usual. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ It was now mid–July, and the plague, which had chiefly raged at the other end of the town, and, as I  said before, in the parishes of St Giles, St Andrew’s , Holborn, and towards Westminster, began to now  come eastward towards the part where I lived. It was to be observed, indeed, that it did not come  straight on towards us; for the city, that is to say, within the walls, was indifferently healthy still; nor  was it got then very much over the water into Southwark; for though there died that week 1268 of all  distempers, whereof it might be supposed above 600 died of the plague, yet there was but twenty- eight in the whole city, within the walls, and but nineteen in Southwark, Lambeth parish included;  whereas in the parishes of St Giles and St Martin-in-the–Fields alone there died 421. But we perceived the infection kept chiefly in the out-parishes, which being very populous, and  fuller also of poor, the distemper found more to prey upon than in the city, as I shall observe  afterwards. We perceived, I say, the distemper to draw our way, viz., by the parishes of Clarkenwell,  Cripplegate, Shoreditch, and Bishopsgate; which last two parishes joining to Aldgate, Whitechappel,  and Stepney, the infection came at length to spread its utmost rage and violence in those parts, even  when it abated at the western parishes where it began. It was very strange to observe that in this particular week, from the 4th to the 11th of July,  when, as I have observed, there died near 400 of the plague in the two parishes of St Martin and St  Giles-in-the–Fields only, there died in the parish of Aldgate but four, in the parish of Whitechappel  three, in the parish of Stepney but one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~
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The face of London was now indeed strangely altered: I mean the whole mass of buildings, city,  liberties, suburbs, Westminster, Southwark, and altogether; for as to the particular part called the city,  or within the walls, that was not yet much infected. But in the whole the face of things, I say, was  much   altered;   sorrow   and   sadness   sat   upon   every   face;   and   though   some   parts   were   not   yet  overwhelmed, yet all looked deeply concerned; and, as we saw it apparently coming on, so every one  looked on himself and his family as in the utmost danger. Were it possible to represent those times  exactly to those that did not see them, and give the reader due ideas of the horror ‘that everywhere  presented itself, it must make just impressions upon their minds and fill them with surprise. London 
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