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VIEW OF THE CITY OF LONDON, BEFORE THE GREAT FIRE, 1666

THE

SOCIAL HISTORY

OF

GREAT BRITAIN

DURING THE REIGNS OF THE STUARTS,

BEGINNING WITH THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY,

BEING

THE PERIOD OF SETTLING THE UNITED STATES

WITH NUMEROUS

ENGRAVINGS, AND MUSIC.

BY WILLIAM GOODMAN.

VOL. II.

"Of smoothe and flatteringe speeche remember to take heede,
For trouthe in playne wordes may be tolde, of craft a lye hath neede."

J. STOWE.

NEW YORK,

WILLIAM H. COLYER,

No.5 HAGUE-STREET.

1844.

“To be unacquainted with the events which have taken place before you were born, is to continue to live in childish ignorance ; for where is the value of human life, unless memory enables us to compare the events of our own times with those of ages long gone by ?"-CICERO.

[ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by

William GOODMAN, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.]

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INTRODUCTION.

"Whatever men do, vows, fears, ire, in sport,
Joys, wanderings, are the summ of my report ;
No Centaurs here, or Gorgons look to find,
My subject is of man, and human-kind,"

THE Second Volume iş now, with much respect and diffidence, offered to the public ; it was prevented from coming out with the first by circumstances over which the author had no control.

He has pursued the same system in this volume as in the first, by giving the opinions, the maxims, the sayings, and the doings, of many of the most eminent men of the period, presuming that the reader would thereby better understand the several subjects treated of, and that they would carry greater weight and authority than any remarks he could offer purely his own.

ór Child of my love, go forth and try thy fate,

Few are thy friends, and manifold thy foes ;
Whether or long or short will be thy fato,
| Futurity's dark volume only knows.”_-PINDAR.

The author closes, wishing the compliments of the season, with health and better times, to all his readers.

209 December 30, 1843.

THE FRONTISPIECE-represents a view of the city of London, before the great fire of 1666, taken by Hollar, from the borough of Southwark. Londonbridge was, at that time, covered with buildings, except where there were draws to let the shipping pass westward up the river. The large building, nearly in the centre, was old St. Paul's Cathedral : it had formerly a very tall wooden spire, covered with lead, which had been struck with lightning, reducing it to an unsightly stump. The building on the right is the Tower; the church near the bottom is St. Mary Overies, in the borough of Southwark.

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