But the issue and conclusion of all was that he had a

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them many good things for them to do, which were of no great moment. But the issue and conclusion  of all was, that he had a preparation which if they took such a quantity of every morning, he would  pawn his life they should never have the plague; no, though they lived in the house with people that  were infected. This made the people all resolve to have it; but then the price of that was so much, I  think ’twas half-a-crown. ‘But, sir,’ says one poor woman, ‘I am a poor almswoman and am kept by the  parish, and your bills say you give the poor your help for nothing.’ ‘Ay, good woman,’ says the doctor,  ‘so I do, as I published there. I give my advice to the poor for nothing, but not my physic.’ ‘Alas, sir!’  says she, ‘that is a snare laid for the poor, then; for you give them advice for nothing; that is to say, you 
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advise them gratis, to buy your physic for their money; so does every shop-keeper with his wares.’  Here the woman began to give him ill words, and stood at his door all that day, telling her tale to all   the people that came, till the doctor finding she turned away his customers, was obliged to call her  upstairs again, and give her his box of physic for nothing, which perhaps, too, was good for nothing  when she had it. But to return to the people, whose confusions fitted them to be imposed upon by all sorts of  pretenders and by every mountebank. There is no doubt but these quacking sort of fellows raised great  gains out of the miserable people, for we daily found the crowds that ran after them were infinitely  greater, and their doors were more thronged than those of Dr Brooks, Dr Upton, Dr Hodges, Dr  Berwick, or any, though the most famous men of the time. I And I was told that some of them got five  pounds a day by their physic. But there was still another madness beyond all this, which may serve to give an idea of the  distracted humour of the poor people at that time: and this was their following a worse sort of  deceivers than any of these; for these petty thieves only deluded them to pick their pockets and get  their money, in which their wickedness, whatever it was, lay chiefly on the side of the deceivers, not  upon the deceived. But in this part I am going to mention, it lay chiefly in the people deceived, or  equally in both; and this was in wearing charms, philtres, exorcisms, amulets, and I know not what  preparations, to fortify the body with them against the plague; as if the plague was not the hand of 
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