CHAP. V. Other Observations upon the Plague, and Casualties.
1. THe Decrease, and Increase of People is to be reckoned chiefly by Christnings, because few bear children in London but Inhabitants, though others die there. The Accompts of Christnings were well kept, untill differences in Religion occasioned some neglect therein, although even these neglects we must confess to have been regular, and propor∣tionable.
2. By the numbers and proportions of Christnings, therefore we observe as followeth, viz.
First, That (when from December, 1602, to March following, there was little, or no Plague) then the Christnings at a Medium, were between 110, and 130 per Week, few Weeks being above the one, or below the other; but when from thence to July the Plague increased, that then the Christnings decreased to un∣der 90.
Secondly, The Question is, Whether Teeming-wo∣men died, or fled, or miscarried? The later at this time, seems most probable, because even in the said space, between March, and July, there died not above twenty per Week of the Plague, which small number could neither cause the death, or flight of so many Women, as to alter the proportion ¼ part lower.
3. Moreover, we observe from the 21 of July to Page 38 the 21 of October, the Plague increasing, reduced the Christnings to 70 at a Medium, diminishing the above proportion, down to ⅖. Now the cause of this must be flying, and death, as well as miscarriages, and Abor∣tions; for there died within that time about 25000, whereof many were certainly Women with childe, be∣sides the fright of so many dying within so small a time might drive away so many others, as to cause this effect.
4. From December 1624, to the middle of April 1625, there died not above 5 a Week of the Plague one with another. In this time, the Christnings were one with another 180. The which decreased gradually by the 22 of September to 75, or from the propor∣tion of 12 to 5, which evidently squares with our former Observation.
5. The next Observation we shall offer, is, The time wherein the City hath been Re-peopled after a great Plague; which we affirm to be by the second year. For in 1627, the Christnings (which are our Standard in this Case) were 8408, which in 1624 next preceding the Plague year 1625 (that had swept away above 54000) were but 8299, and the Christnings of 1626 (which were but 6701) mounted in one year to the said 8408.
6. Now the Cause hereof, for as much as it can∣not be a supply by Procreations; Ergo, it must be by new Affluxes to London out of the Countrey.
7. We might fortifie this Assertion by shewing, that before the Plague-year, 1603, the Christnings were about 6000, which were in that very year reduced to 4789, but crept up the next year 1604, to 5458, re∣covering Page 39 their former ordinary proportion in 1605 of 6504, about which proportion it stood till the year 1610.
8. I say, it followeth, that, let the Mortality be what it will, the City repairs its loss of Inhabitants within two years, which Observation lessens the Objection made against the value of houses in London, as if they were liable to great prejudice through the loss of In∣habitants by the Plague.