Peter and John de Carvajal, being condemned to death on
circumstantial evidence, appealed without success to Ferdinand IV. of
Spain. On their way to execution they declared their innocence, and
summoned the king to appear before God within thirty days. Ferdinand
was quite well on the thirtieth day, but was found dead in his bed next
morning. (See Wishart.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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