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16

The

LIFE

of

the,

uninfeeted, and

that part of

my Family , which

I

left there,

all

fife

thro'

the great

mercy

of

God

my

merciful

Proteclor.

§

29.

About this time the

French

furprized

St:

Chriffophers

and fome

other

of

our

Plantations in the

Welk

Indies, and the

Dutch

took our Plantation of

Si u

sus.

And

"

the Wars

proceeding nearer

home,

in

the

end

of

Tune

i

666.

in

the

which many

were

kill'd

on

both fides, andthe

D.

of

York

fo

near the danger

, as

that

he

ventur-

ed himfelf in fight no inure. Among others

the

E.

of

IVLirlborounh

being

gain, there

was found about him

a,

Letterwritten

to

Sir Hugh Pollard

Comptroller

of

the King's

Honfhold

;

in which

(being

awaken'd by

Sea-

dangers

) he

difclaim'd Sadducifm, and

pleaded

for

the

Soul's

Immortality;

which was

PI

¡need, becaufe being

intimate

Friends they were

both

before füppofed

to

he Infidels

and

Sadducees,

that

believed no

Life

after

this.

§ 3o.

On

`July tr

.

was

the

zd great

Sea

-fight

,

in

which

the

I

nglifh had

the better

'And

in

Augufb

we feemed

to prevail yet more

;

infomuch

that

dlonk was

f

id

topro-

ceed fo far

as

to enter their

Harbour and

burnt

zo

Ships in

the River ,

and

to

burn a

Thoufand

Honfes on

the

Land and give

the

Seamen

the Plunder;

for

which

is

the

end

of

Aug:

Jl

the King appointed

a

Day

of Thankfgiving tobe

kePt in

Lodan,

which

was

done

;

though

many

muttered that

it

was

not

wifely

donee,

to

pt>vokc'

the

Dutch by

burning

their

houfes, when

it

was eafy

forthem

to

do

the

like bvüs,

oz

our

Sea-

Coafts;

and

fo

to

teach them

the

way

of undoing

us

while neither

party

gained

by

filch

doings. And

that it

was

no good

lip

offuture profperity

when

chofe

that

believed

not,

that

there

is a

God

or

at lealt

that

his providence

difpofeth of

filch

things ,

would give God folemn

Thanks for

an unprofitable burning

of

the

Houfes

of

innocent

Prótefbants.

And

our

Confidence was

then grown

fo

high,

that

we

talkt of

nothing but bringing

down the

Dutch

to our

mercy and

bringing

them

to Contempt

and Ruine:

But

our Height

was quickly

taken down,

by

the

lofs

of

many Haniborougi

Rips

finit

,

and

then

by

a lofs

of

many

of

our men,

in an

Attempt

upon

their

Merchant

Rips

in

the

Sound

at

Denmark ;

but

efpecially

by

the firing

of the

City of

Lon-

don.

§

3 t

.

On,Septemb.

2.

after

midnight

London

was

Set

on

fire;

and on

Sept. 3.

the

Excb.ruge was

burnt

;

and in

Three

Days almoft

all

the City within the

Walls,

and

much

without

them.

The

feafon had been

exceeding

dry before,

and

the Wind

in

the Fall

where the Fire began.

The

people

having none

to

conduEt

them aright,

could

do nothing

to

refill

it,

but

Rand and

fee

their

Honfes

burn without Remedy;

the

Engines

being prefently out

of

Order,

and

ufelefs.

The

Streets

were crowded

with

People and

Carts,

tocarry

away

what Goods they

could get out

:

And

they

that

were molt

alive

and befriended (by

theirWealth)

got

Carts,

and laved

much; and

the

refe

loft

álmoft

all.

The

Lofs in Hoofer and

Goods

is

fcarttly to

be valued

:

And

among the

reft the

Lofs

of

Books wasan

exceeding

great Detriment

to

the Intereft

of

Piety and Learning

:

Almon

all

the

Bookfellers in

St.

Paul's Church-Yard brought

their

Books

into

Vaultsunder

St. Paul's

Church,

where

it

was

thought almoft

impof-

fible

that

Fire Mould come. But

the

Church

it

feif being

on

fire, the

exceeding

weight

of

the

Stones falling.

down did break into the

Vault,

and let in

the

Fire,

and

they

could

not

come near.

to

fave

the

books.

The

Library

alfo

of

Sion-Co/ledge

was

burnt,

and molt

of

the

Libraries

of Minifters,

Conformable and Nonconformabie,

in

the

City;

with the Libraries

of

many

Nonconformilts

of

the Countrey

which had

been

lately brought

up

to

the City.

I Saw

the

half

burnt

Leaves

of

Books

near

my

Dwelling

at

Acton

fix

miles

from

London

;

but

others

found

their

scar

r

al-

molt twenty

miles

diltant.

At

lait

, force Seamen

taught

them

to blow

up fome

of

the next

Hoofer

with Gunpowder,

which

ftopt

the

Fire.

And in

fnne

places

it

Slope

as

wonderfully

as

it

had proceeded

without

any

knov.

n

Canf

.

Ic

[topt at

Holborn-

Bridge

andnear

St. Dunfban'sChurch in

Fleet

Jireet

and at

`epulehre's

Church

(when

the

Church was

burnt,)

and

at

ChriJl's

Church (when

the

Church

was

burnt)

and

near

Alderfgate

and

Cripplegate, and

other

places

at the

Wall

,

and in

Au

Skin

Friars

(the

Dutch Church Stopt

it

andefcaped,) and

in

B(opfgate

Street and

Leadersh.rll-

/brees;

and

Fenchurch

ftrèet

m

the

midst

of

the

Streets,

and

Rort

of the

Tester, and

all

beyond

the

River

(Southmark)

efcaped.

Thus

was

the

belt,

and one

of the

faireft

Cities in

the world

turnd

into AResand

Ruines in

Three

Days Space,

with

many

floe

Chur-

ches,

and

the Wealth and

Neceflaries

of

the Inhabitants.

The

Number

of

Houfes

are

recorded

by

others.

§

32.