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These orders conceived by the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London were published in 1646 but were virtually identical to those used for the Great Plague of 1665. People looked back at previous epidemics and saw no reason not to follow the same precautions which had been used for centuries.

The orders are comprehensive according to the standards of the time. However, it is important to remember that they did not take into account the disastrous social situation caused by a major epidemic. Many of those in authority and government fled. There were not enough surgeons to visit the dying. Not all infected houses were shut up or dead were buried as quickly as they should have been.

Taken from: Orders formerly Conceived and Agreed to be published by the Lord Mayor and the Aldermen of the City of London and The Justices of Peace of the Counties of Middlesex and Surrey concerning The Infection of the Plague.

Creator: Court of Aldermen, London
Publisher: Richard Cotes
Date created: 1646
Copyright:  By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: E.352.(2)