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16. Preserration of a Family on Ship-bourd during the Great Plague. (July. ping and ! Ratcliffe, and even down Barking Creek ; but here he was inio Blackwall, also that some persons formed by the fishing smacks at the had died of it in Rotherhithe and Dept- mouth of it that the plague had got in ford, they expected they should be, as there also. The truth they did not stay it were, surrounded; so the captain, at to ascertain, but came back. their request, weighed and fell down The merchant aster this growing imthe river to Bugby's Hole, a secure patient, they weighed and went down place for ships to ride in.'
to Greenbithe, where they heard that The vessel they were in carried 16 the plague was at Gravesend, Chatguns, and could carry 24; so that they ham, and Rochester, but happily this lived at large, and had room enough. news proved premature ; yet as the The merchants and family had the merchant could not bear to be anygreat cabin and steerage to themselves, where with the ship, if the plague was with some others built for his maid- beyond him, he made the captain fall servants and children in the gun-room. down again to Gravesend, and passing The captain had the round-house and the town he came to an anchor below the little room before it, which they a place since called “ The New Ta. called the cuddie, for his family, and vern,” being as far as the custom-house the quarter-deck was their parade, officers would let him pass without over which an awning was thrown; clearing. and being closely covered at the top and In fine, they agreed at last to come sides, it appeared like a great hall. up the river again, not to Greenhithe Here they rode with much satisfaction where they lay before, but to the upper all the rest of the month of August, part of whai they call Long Reach. when the last weekly bill amounted to Here they had good and safe riding, the frightful number of 7496, exclu- thongh not without some blustering sive of those who died in Deptford weather. Here lay six other vessels, and Greenwich.
lwo above them, and four below ; and While they thus lay in Bugby's though they did not go on-board each Hole, the captain and the merchant's other, yet they soon became acqnainted, brother ventured down to Woolwich, and conversed upon the state of public or to the upper end of the town ; but affairs. They soon found these were did not go on shore; neither were the outward-bound ships, but embargoed, people willing at first that they should, as it were, by the general calamity; not knowing whence they came, or that the captains had all their families how they fared on-board. They were on-board, with others, and had fallen the more wary, as they knew that in down there for safety from the plague; the parishes of Bromley, Blackwall, and that hitherto there had not been Poplar, Limehouse, Bow, Old Ford, the least illness among them. They Beihnal Green, Mile End, &c. there had not been there above three days, died 1026 that very week.
when the headmost ship made a signal However, the visit to Woolwich to the rest, which they found was to answered the purpose intended. They know if they would join in a weekly learned that the town was not yet in- fast, which the six ships had observed fected, excepting two houses at a little ever since they rode there, to beg of distance towards Greenwich, where the Almighty to preserve them from three or four had died ; that the mar the pestilence; and further stated, that ket was yet pretty well supplied with they should be glad if these would join prorisions: so they got a poor woman thein in it. This being agreed to, an of that place to purchase them fresh officer in a boat informed the single butter, eggs, and a good deal of garden ship that they began at eight the next stuff. Apples in particular were a great morning, and resolved not to eat or relief to them, having been so long drink till six in the evening. Accord. confined to salt meats, very different ingly, they kept a most religious day of froin their former way of living. They fasting and humiliation; the captain also purchased such fresh meats as and his family reinained in the roundpork and veal. But by the next mar-' house, &c. and none of them were en. ket day the plague had got so far into ployed otherwise than in reading and the town that the country people came acts of devotion during that day. but very thinly to market. This source Three days after this, Sept. 6, 1665, being thus interrupted, the captain they received the Weekly Bill of Mor made a little voyage in his boat to tality, stating that from the 29th of
17 August till the 5th of September, the baking, or washing them in vinegar number of the dead was 8952, and of and drying them afterwards, was not the plague and spotted fever 1145. deemed sufficiently safe. The next resolution partly agreed to Thus, after four months absence, all by the captains, owners, and people things being prepared within doors, on-board, was to put io sea, and sail, they returned to their habitation sound if deed weré, to freland, where they and in health; their measures for premight be furnished with provisions, paration and preservation being such and ride in safely. The principal mer ás may be justly recommended as an chant assured them that he would example to others. stand by them and assist them; if they agree to ;
THE good force, the people wherever they came might be compelled to furnish ton, in the angle of the county of Leithem with provisions for their money; cester South of the Trent, near to or they might go on shore and dwell at Donington Castle, and ten miles Jarge, as they found convenient, till North-east from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. this terrible judgment should be orer The population of ihe “ parish" of past. After all, the women being afraid Hemington in 1801,' was, Males 171, of the sea at that time of the year, and Peinales 166, total 337 ; consisting of though much time was lost in debate, 73 families, inliabiting 71 houses. In the proposal was never fully agreed opon. 1811 the " township” of Hemington
Three dismal weeks had now been contained Males 197, Females 187, worn out in these consultations and total 384; families 89, inhabiting 78 ansteady resolutions, the poor ladies houses, and in 1821, Males 222, Febeing afraid to stay, and afraid to go males 199, total 421; families 91, inatay. At length, on the 29th of Sep- habiting 81 houses. tember, Michaelmas day, they were The families of de Quency, Cropsurprised early in the morning to hear hull, Beaumont, Verdon, Langton, the headmost ship fire five gutis. Look- and Devereux, held at various tincs ing out, they found she had spread her property here, as did the Abbey of St. ancient and pendants, and all looked Mary de Pratis at Leicester. The fawith a face of joy. They then began mily of Harpur subsequently became to call to one another with their speak- possessed of the manor. ing-trumpets, when they discovered a Near the Church are the remains of boat coming off to give them an ac an old mansion, with a very thick count of things; in fact the number of wall about it. borials was decreased near 2000. Guns Of the Church, a venerable frag. were now fired, and the people in the ment, little remains. (See Plate II.) ships drank to each other. Boats now The whole of the nave is demolished; began to pass and repass as' nsual to three beautiful arches only remaining and from London; but none of these to shew what it once was. The pilwould they suffer to come on-board, lars which support them are plain and nor any of their own people to go on low; from which the arches spring to store; and in this cautious manner a considerable freight. The tower is they lived out the whole of November, tolerably preserved, and has over it a at which time the burials in London small spire. The chancel still remains. amounted to no more than 428, most The two windows on the South side of the parishes being entirely clear of of it are divided into two compartthe plague. Accordingly they weighed ments; their nullions a trefoil, and from Long Reach, and came to an an over that a quatrefoil. The roof is chor Dear Limehouse. This was fol- lofty, and the East window was rather lowed by mulual visits and congratu large. The desecration of the Church lations.
appears to have taken place some cenWhile they continued here the mer turies ago. Mr. Wyrley, who visited it chani's family sent some of their serv- about 1590, says, " it is a fair Church, ants to town, to open and air the but the glass all ruined, and the Church kouse, make fires in the rooms, air and not in use to the end it was builded. warnr the beds, and dry the linen. Never- We suffer propter neglectum Domus theless, the hargings were taken down Dei.” The whole is now a picuresque and all burnt, except the tapestry'; as ruin.
L. S. GENT. Mag. July, 1825.
Paintings, &c. at Hamplon Court, Herefordshire. (July, Mr. URBAN,
July 5. field, and this is approved by the HeTOUR Correspondent J. A. (part i. ralds upon perusal of the evidence of
p. 309) having communicated Humphrey Coningsby of Nend-Sollers, some valuable information relative to who is lineally descended from the Earl Coningsby's Topographical Col- said John.' The Tower of London is lections, allow me to offer the follow- in the distance, to which the Earl was ing description of the Paintings, Por- committed for some offence he gave in traits, &c. at Hampton Court in Here- Parliament. Vertue's large engraving fordshire, the ancient seat of the Co- is from this painting. ningsby family, being the result of a Sir Thomas Coningsby, Founder visit there a few
of the Red Coat Hospital in the City Henry, Baron Abergavenny, great of Hereford (ob. 1625), great-grandgrandfather to Earl Coningsby (ob. father to Earl Coningsby; with his 1642), in the attitude of rising from favourite dwarf Crickett, and Dog; his seat.
whole length. Lady Mary Sackville, daughter of The saine Sir Thomas, at the age the Earl of Dorset (ob. 1608), wife to of 21, in 1572. Henry, Lord Abergavenny. Three Phillipa, wife of Sir Thomas, a
Fitzwilliam by her father, and a SidThe late Earl Coningsby, great ney by her mother's side, 1578. grandfather of the present Earl of Essex Another portrait of Sir Thomas, (ob. 1729), and his two daughters, and an excellent piece of moral and Margaret (ob. ....) and Frances (ob. religious advice addressed to his son 1781), whole lengihs, painted by Sir Fitzwilliam Coningsby, when the latier Godfrey Kneller in the year 1722. was chosen a member of the House of The Earl is depicted in a sitting pos- Commons (lately written fair, framed, ture, resting his right arm on the Holy and glazed). Dated • 20th Dec. 1620. Bible, grasping in his hand a roll, on An undoubted original on wood, which is inscribed, ' Magna Charta... of Henry the Fourth, who built Hamp9th of Henry the Third. This is
my ton Court, which is said to have been birthright purchased with the blood of completed with the spoils from Aginmy ancestor,' bearing a strong testi court. This portrait has been often mony to the violence of his opinions. described and engraved. A very accuOn the tablet against which the Earl rate copy of it on pannel was made leans, is represented the arms, quar some years ago by Mr. Harris, printer, terly of 12, with the supporters, and Leominster. motto · Tacla Libertas.' Underneath The Duchess of Cleveland (ob. is the following: This first Coatt 709), by Sir Peter Lely. was in this manner borne by John A View of Coningsby Castle in Lord Coningsby Baron of Coningsby, Lincolnshire, forfeited to the Crown in in Lincolnshire, who was slain in the King John's reign; having been in Baron's Warrs in the Reign of King the family 300 years, which Castle and John I, the which Town and Castle of Barony had descended to them from Coningsby being then confiscated, is the Saxons, as by auncient recorde now in the possession of the Lord Shef- dothe appeare.'§
* The dates are for the most part supplied from a pedigree of the family, compiled from the Records in the College of Arms, bearing date 121h April, 1823.
+ Quarterly, 1 and 4 Argent, two lions passant Gules; 2 and 3 Gules, three conies sejant Argent; Coningsby. John Baron Coningsby bore his arms thus, giving some other coat a superiority or preference to his own identical bearing. The first quartering answers to the name of Lygon, a powerful family in Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The supposition that it may be the Lygon coat, is partly corroborated by a fragment in No. 2141 of the Harleian MSS. where these arms are rudely sketched on the back of a Lygon pedigree, not containing any descent of Coningsby. All the pedigrees of the family that are extant commence only with this John, Baron Coningsby; it therefore remains in doubt how this coat accrued to him.
1 There is certainly an error in this statement ; for John Baron Coningsby (superst. an. 1200) was slain at the battle of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, in 1266 (50 Hen. III.)
§ Coningsby, or, as in Domesday, Cuningsbei, from whence this family derived their name, is a considerable village on the banks of the river Bane, about eight nuiles from Horncastle. The manor, which was once possessed by the Marmions of Wintringham (to whom the Coningsbys were in some degree of affinity), has for many years belonged to the Heathcote family, and is now the property of Sir Gilbert Heathcote of Normanton, co. Rutland, bart.