Agreeable eye.

an eudæmonistarchives

The Diseases and Casualties this Week

London 39 · From the 12 of September to the 19 · 1665

Abortive23
Aged57
Bedridden1
Bleeding1
Cancer1
Childbed39
Chrisomes20
Collick1
Consumption129
Convulsion71
Dropsie31
Drowned 3. one at Stepney, one at St. Katharine near the Tower, and one at St. Margaret Westminster(3)
Feaver332
Flox and Small-pox8
Found dead in the street at St. Olave Southwark1
French pox1
Frighted1
Gangrene1
Grief1
Griping in the Guts45
Head-mould-shot2
Jaundies3
Imposthume6
Infants10
Kingsevil1
Lethargy1
Meagrome1
Plague6544
Plannet1
Quinsie3
Rickets20
Rising of the Lights15
Rupture4
Scowring3
Scurvy2
Spotted Feaver97
Stone1
Stopping of the stomach5
Strangury2
Surfeit45
Teeth128
Thrush6
Timpany1
Tiffick4
Ulcer1
Vomiting2
Worms15
In all7690
Males · 3783
Females · 3907
Plague · 6544

The Aßize of Bread set forth by Order of the Lord Maior and Court of Aldermen:
A penny Wheaten Loaf to Contain Nine Ounces and a half, and three half-penny White Loaves the like weight.

The list is, as Henry James might put it, suggestive. One wonders about the person frightened to death, or the one who died of grief. There is something faintly humorous, too, in the poor soul ‘Found dead in the street at St. Olave Southwark,’ as though being ‘in the street at St. Olave Southwark’ were somehow the essential cause of death. Not, of course, that the Bills of Mortality were primarily concerned with the cause of death as such, being a mere table of corpses, but the need to assert some authority over death—even by listing the manner, if not the cause—is as touching as it is futile. Also:

  1. This was an exhibit at the Museum of London which sadly they have taken offline. []

::

ego hoc feci mm–MMXIX · cc 2000–2019 M.F.C.