Willis's Current Notes: A Series of Articles on Antiquities, Biography, Heraldry, History, Languages, Literature, Natural History, Curious Customs, &c., Selected from Original Letters and Documents Addressed During the Year 1857 (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Willis's Current Notes: A Series of Articles on Antiquities, Biography, Heraldry, History, Languages, Literature, Natural History, Curious Customs, &C., Selected From Original Letters and Documents Addressed During the Year 1857
This day sennight att evening, broke out a dreadfull Fire near the Customs house, by the accidental blowing up of a house where was great quantity of gun-powder, and the fire burned exceeding fierce till near noon next day, notwithstanding all methods used to extinguish it both by engines and blowing up of houses to prevent its spreading. About one hundred stately brick houses are now only heaps of rubbish, and multitudes of Warehouses and others of merchants goods are consumed to the value of many hundred thousand pounds, and which is worse many scores of men, women, and children, have lost their lives. Abun dance that I know, their houses are in ashes; the Custom House escaped, notwithstanding the fire reached to the very walls of it, and did some damage although it was a very dark night, yet the air seemed on fire, so that a pin might have been take'np many miles from hence.
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