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History of the Two late Dreadful Judgments
of PLAGUE and FIRE in LONDON.
a Discovery of the Cause and Design of these
The Fifth Edition, corrected.
By T. Vincent, sometime Minister of
Maudlins, Milk-street, London.
Micah 6. 9. The Voice of the Lord crieth unto
the City, and the Man of Wisdom shall see
Printed for George Calvert, 1667.
To all such of the City who have seen the
desolations of London by the late judgments of Plague and Fire.
IT might have seemed more seasonable unto some, if a work of this nature had come forth unto view more immediately after the sound of God's terrible voice, and execution, at least, of the last dreadful judgment of the fire ; because if a man strikes while the iron is hot, il is likely to make the more deep impression ; which, when it grows cool, grows hard and unmalleable; and if the hammer of the word had been used, when London was newly come forth of the furnace, some might think they would have yielded the more easily unto its strokes, and the better have received the fashion which this hammer would work them unto; and that, since the fresh and lively remembrance of the judgment is more worn off ; it is to be feared that they are more cooled and hardened, and therefore in likelihood it will be more difficult to effect a due impression of the judgments, by the word, upon them: yet, besides that it was not in my thoughts to attempt this work, until the greatest part of the winter was spent; I may further add, that though a discourse concerning the plague would have been most seasonable under the judgment itself, when people, who were generally taken off from their trading, had room and time for retirement and consideration, more than ever they had in their lives before; and therefore were more likely to lay to heart what might be spoken or written unto them on that subject ; Yet the reason is not the same in the judgment of the fire, which (however startling and astonishing), was so far from giving them retiring time for consideration, as the former judgment of the plague had done ; that it did engage them unto more laborious works than ever they had, not only while London was burning, in removing what they could save of their goods from the fire ; but also since, in looking out new habitations, and fitting their houses and shops for trades ; which hath given them occasion for so much distraction, that I fear they could hardly settle their minds to read and consider so seriously
they should, what the Lord hath been doing with them, and speaking unto them by this Terrible Voice, which hath sounded so loud in their ears; but by this time I hope that the most have attained to some kind of Settlement; at leust, so much, as to give them leave to sit down and ponder upon the meaning of God, in these strange and dreadful judgments of plague and fire in the city; and therefore this book may be more seasonable unto the most, than if it had been