The shutting up infected houses as it is practised in England soberly debated By way of address from the poor souls that are visited, to their brethren that are free. With observations on the wayes whereby the present infection hath spread. As also a certain method of diet, attendance, lodging and physick, experimented in the recovery of many sick persons.

SECT. I. The Wayes whereby the Plague hath taken Men this year ob∣served by them that have conversed with the infected in order to the finding out of the true nature, original, and was of curing the Plague. Which may be a Caution to the Citty and Country.

1. FAmily by ones overheating himself, and drinking small Beer upon it.

2. By eating a pound of Red Cherries upon a wager.

3. By a Coat one bought of a Broker behind S. Clements church.

4. By a Sink shut up by reason of the Waters not running in their backside.

5. By the opening of a Vault that had been many years shut.

6. By a Nosegay brought by an infectious place.

7. By a Vow not to eat any thing in 24. houres, and in the mean time going fasting through an infectious place.

18. By an infected Hackney Coach.

9. By an infected Sedan.

10. By an infected Cushion whereon the Waterman confessed there sate a woman that within two hours after died suddenly.

11. By eating a Cucumber.

12. By a Melon.

13. By Redishes.

14. By drinking Water.

15. By a Tanker bearer.

16. By a Chair woman.

17. By drying of Cloaths before the door.

18. By a Cat in Catter wouling.

19. By a Spaniel.

Page  1322. By opening the pores, and excessive sweat in walking.

23. By a Dinner of Soales in Fishstreet.

24. By a dish of Eeles.

25. By stopping of an Issue.

26. By a Codling Tart and Cream.

27. By a Dish of French Beanes.

28. By Cabbages.

29. By Turneps and Carrets.

30. By eating the Fat near the Rump of a Loyne of Mutton, and drinking cold beer immediately upon it.

32. By a Cold which turned first into a putrid Feaver, and at last into the Plague.

33. By siting up too late, and so drying and inflaming the Blood, and weakening Nature.

34. By an unseasonable sleep that caused C•••••es, and in∣digested matter which bred upon the weakening of the Vital and Animal Spirit▪ a Feaver, and that turned to the Pestilence.

35. By neglecting to let blood at the usual time.

36. By want of Necessaries, and by hungry meales.

37. By wetting the Feet in a slip out of a Boat by the Water side.

38. By a burden of Linnen carried from St. Giles to Chelsey.

39. By an House of Office near a Man's Window.

40. By close Chambers nastily kept, and looking southward.

41. By an immoderate eating of Caveare, and Anchoves.

42. By a Goosberry fool.

43. By a rotten Shoulder of Mutton.

44. By a Dish of Eeles.

45. By a Sink not well looked to before a door.

46. By an undue and immoderate Venery.

47. By idle Beggars who wandred from place to place.

48. By frequenting scurvy Tipling houses and Bowling allies.

49. By dead Beer.

50. By drinking heady strong beer, after a long custome of drinking Ale, which bound the persons that did so, and put them in Pestilential Feavers.

51. By eating Pork and Bacon.

52. By Tame Pigeons that flew up and down in an Alley.

Page  1453. By the Funnel of Church Vaults, flaughter houses, and shallow graves.

54. By the Rakers or Ragg women.

55 By entertaining all sorts of comers, as brokers, and parti∣cularly by buying of bed cloaths and hangings.

56 By the stopping of the monthly courses.

57 By the crudities of plentiful meals.

58 By over long fasting (the bodies being too empty) and receiving more a•• i then they give one, the spirits that were weakened for want of due nourishment, having least strength to resist the Contagion.

60 By eating of Quinces.

61 By s••ole or and Lettice.

62 By Pompions, Musmillions, and Cucumbers▪

63 By festered Wounds and Sores.

64 By conversing with a man of stinking breath.

65 By children running and playing till they over-heated themselves.

66 By neglecting to purge at the usual times.

67 By standing fasting before an infected house.

68 By a Letter received from an infected person.

69 By money taken for Physick administred.

70 By an infected Vain of gloves.

71 By Lodgers.

72 By Frettirs, Melancholy, and Disbou••••.

73 By an Eastern Window.

74 By an extraordinary definition of humours.

75 By Feavers, caused either

1. By overmuch heat in the spirit or breath, which causeth either the Febris simpliciter〈◊〉, or the Febris Diaria.

Or 2. By overmuch heat in the humours, which causeth a gas∣trida fbris which 〈◊◊◊〉

I. Within the Vessels, and that either,

1. When all the humours put••••• and 〈◊〉 equally, and cause a fever called S••••bu••〈◊〉

Page  15Or 2. When one onely humour pu∣trifieth, as

  • 1. Choler which causeth a continual ter∣tian or burning feaver.
  • 2. Flegm, which being putrified, causeth a continual quotidian.
  • 3. Melancholy, which being putrified, cau∣seth a continual quartan.

Or, II. Without the Vessels, causing an intermitting feaver, either tertian, if it be rotten Choler; or exquisite, and pure Quotidian, if it be sweet Flegm, or Epialos, or glasen, or an inter∣mitting Quartan if it be rotten Melancholy.

Or, III. In the fleshy part, causing either Hectick Fever or Marasmus.