This fatal malady was called the black death, because the inflammatory boils and tumours of the glands, by which it was accompanied, assumed, as indicatory of decomposition, the appearance of black spots upon the skin. These occasionally appeared all over the body, either singly or confluent. An account of it is given by Hecker in his Epidemics of the Middle Ages, translated with notes by Dr. Babington. It is supposed to have originated in China; and after desolating the continent of Europe, passed from France into England. The inhabitants of Yarmouth closely packed in ill-ventilated houses, standing thickly in the rows, undrained and unscavengered, fell easy victims. There died in one year (1348) more than seven thousand persons, which so reduced the number of inhabitants, that the living could scarcely burythe dead. Numerous houses stood in all parts of the town,
" ..............…....... like tombs,
Empty, or filled with corpes."
They remained "desolate" for years, and it took two centuries to replenish the population. (P. b1 c11 p43)