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DEATH BED, Scotch law. The incapacity to exercise the power of disposing of one's property after being attacked with a mortal disease.
     2. It commences with the beginning of such disease.
     3. There are two exceptions to this general rule, namely: 1. If he survive for sixty days after the act or, 2. If he go to kirk or market unattended. He is then said to be in legitima potestate, or in liege poustie. 1 Bell's Com. 84, 85.

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An epilogue descends from metaphysical poetry to social history, as two accounts of women on their deathbeds are chosen to demonstrate the reality of atheistic doubt in the Renaissance.
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