Read online or download a free book: History Of The Plague In London
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com (16 Oct. 2012)
By: Daniel Defoe (Author)
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Excerpt: ...with the old soldier's conduct, that they now willingly made him their leader, and the first of his conduct appeared to be very good. He told them that they were now at a proper distance enough from London: that, as they need not be immediately beholden to the country for relief, they ought to be as careful the country did not infect them as that they did not infect the country: that what little money they had they must be as frugal of as they could: that as he would 140 not have them think of offering the country any violence, so they must endeavor to make the sense of their condition go as far with the country as it could. They all referred themselves to his direction: so they left their three houses standing, and the next day went away towards Epping: the captain also (for so they now called him), and his two fellow travelers, laid aside their design of going to Waltham, and all went together. When they came near Epping, they halted, choosing out a proper place in the open forest, not very near the highway, but not far out of it, on the north side, under a little cluster of low pollard trees. 201 Here they pitched their little camp, which consisted of three large tents or huts made of poles, which their carpenter, and such as were his assistants, cut down, and fixed in the ground in a circle, binding all the small ends together at the top, and thickening the sides with boughs of trees and bushes, so that they were completely close and warm. They had besides this a little tent where the women lay by themselves, and a hut to put the horse in. It happened that the next day, or the next but one, was market day at Epping, when Captain John and one of the other men went to market and bought some provisions, that is to say, bread, and some mutton and beef: and two of the women went separately, as if they had not belonged to the rest, and bought more. John took the horse to bring it home, and the sack which the carpenter carried his tools in, to put it...
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