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The King of Social Distancing, c. 1665

March 17th, 2020 | 8 min read

By Susannah Black Roberts

In what will be surely the first of too many posts consisting of excerpts from Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, I would like to introduce you to an unnamed man who is an example to all of us in showing that social distancing does not mean the lack of love, but its presence.

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Susannah Black Roberts

Susannah Black Roberts is senior editor at Plough. She is a native Manhattanite. She and her husband, the theologian Alastair Roberts, split their time between Manhattan and the West Midlands of the UK.