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PUBLISHED BY R. B. SEELEY AND W. BURNSIDE:
AND SOLD BY L. B. SEELEY AND SONS,
FLEET STREET, LONDON.

MDCCCXXXII.

NEW YORK PREFACE,

BY THE EDITOR.

Some four or five and thirty years ago my attention was attracted, at a book-stall in London, to a small duodecimo volume, neatly bound, and lettered on the back

PLAGUE FOR SOUL AND BODY." The title page furnished the rectification of this grotesque labelling: “Preparations for the Plague, (Preparations) as well for Soul as Body.” The work is anonymous-printed at London “ for E. Matthews at the Bible, and J. Batley at the Dove, in Paternoster Row," in 1722. This was a time when the plague, which had commenced at Marseilles in 1720, was still raging in France, and was making such progress towards our own shores as induced the government of that day to adopt measures, similar to those which are now employed to prevent, by the

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