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tick Account of it; being two Letters from an Eye-witnefs, who was Minister of the Place, though his Name is not fet down; the Reason of which I do not know. The most remarkable Circumftances of it were thefe: That the Place had in it a most ungodly and debauched People, at the Time when this Earthquake happened; nay, he fays, they were defperately wicked, there was not a more ungodly People on the Face of the Earth: That he was himself very providentially faved: That when the Earthquake came, the People cried out to him to come and pray with them; which he did, when they had made

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a Ring for him, for near an Hour together, with ferious Exhortations to Repentance for another Half Hour; while yet fome robb'd and plunder'd during the Earthquake itself, and those audacious Whores, who remained upon the Place, were as impudent and as drunken as ever. The Minister did not spare the Magiftrates themselves, who had fuffered Wickednefs to grow to so great an Height.- He preached feasonably and plainly to them. In the laft Sermon he delivered in the Church, [before it was demolished] he fet before them what would be the Iffue of their Im. penitence and Wickednefs, fo clearly, that they acknowledged afterward, that it was more like a Prophecy than a Sermon. And he confeffes he had

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an Impulse upon himself to do it, and that he had many Times preached in that Pulpit Things that he had never premeditated at Home; and that he thought he could not do otherwife. That the Day when all this befel them was very clear, and afforded not the Sufpicion of the least Evil; but in the Space of three Minutes, about Half an Hour after Eleven in the Morning, Port-Royal, the fairest Town of all the English Plantations, was fhaken and shattered to Pieces; funk into and covered for the greatest Part by the Sea. That the People were over-joyed when they faw him among them, and wept bitterly, when he preached to them in a Tent. He hoped that by this terrible Judgment God would make

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them reform their Lives. He gueffed that 1500 Perfons were loft. Dr. Morley thought 2000 in the whole Island. Το which must be added, that an Account, dated September 23 following, informs us, that the Mortality which enfued the great Earthquake made greater Havock than the Earthquake itfelf; and that almoft half the People who ef caped at Port Royal were fince dead of a malignant Fever. — It was thought to have fwept away in many Parts of the Ifland 3000 Souls, and most of them from Kingstown only.

To all which Histories of Earthquakes at Land, give me leave to mention one upon the Sea, out of the EveningPoft already quoted, from Tuesday April 24,

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