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of the Alius Houses, and the father of Dr. Watts.
The latter was at this time imprisoned for his religious contumacy in the South Castle, under the walls of which his wife and child were seen daily seated, to converse with him through his cell window. The vicar of St Michael's, Mr. Say, and the vicar of All Saints, Mr. Robinson, were ejected, and the latter became minister of Above Bar Congregation.
In 1665 occured the last visitation of Plague to this town, introduced, it is said, by infected linen. The pestilence raged fearfully, carrying off immense numbers, and necessitating the shutting-up of the town to prevent spreading the infection, An exchange was established at the little culvert of Four-posts, where the country-people deposited their provisions, and purified the money they received in a fire before taking it. The town was reduced to a dreadful state of misery and want, which was only partially removed by a subscription that was headed by the King.
From this and other causes the trade sadly declined, and the close of the 17th, and commencement of the 18th centuries must be looked upon as the time of greatest depression in the history of the town. The trade in Newfoundland fish was removed to Poole—the fortifications were left to decay—and from this time the magnificent houses of the merchants were successively neglected and disfigured, until at length at this day scarcely one exists to illustrate the onoeeplendid domestic architecture of the place. @ I
I In 1756-9 the town was made the quarters for two bodies of the Hessian troops. Earl Moira's army-was afterwards encamped on Netley Common in 1794. Another army destined for the West Indies, where they subsequently perished of disease, encamped on Shirley Common in 1795, another body of troops formed a camp in the same place, in 1799, and afterwards em-j barked for Helder; and in the next year some troops;
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