The Dialogues of Devils; On the Many Vices Which Abound in the Civil and Religious World by John MacGowan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ... happy effect upon the reign of contention. How have I been delighted, when one of your slaves has dropped into the grave, leaving behind him vast possessions, by the discord I have sown amongst his children and kinsfolks! Your slaves dare not think of dying and entering into another world; therefore it sometimes happens, that after the muckworm has been, by every means, and every kind of rapine, scraping wealth together for many years, he drops into eternity, without leaving behind him any authentic direction how his plunder is to be disposed of . This gives me a fair opportunity of setting his relations together by the ears, about who shall get most of the miser's effects to himself; and I have the happiness, frequently, of planting irreconcilable enmity in the heart of one brother and sister against another, which, you know, is a comfortable sight to our infernal nobility. Sometimes, the griping miser, that enemy to himself and all mankind, is over-persuaded to make his will, though secretly hoping he shall not die for a great while yet to come; and men the case is very little altered: for when the wretch goes to the place appointed for the covetous, his will is unsatisfactory to some of the relations; one has too much, and the other has too little left him. Here, disagreeable altercation succeeds the funeral obsequies, and division and everlasting disgust sums up the whole. Unless, indeed, that relation who has too little bequeathed to him, should call in the gentlemen of the law to decide the matter in some court of judicature; and who, having fleeced both the fools, as handsomely as the nature of the thing would admit of, refer them at last to an arbitration. I assure you, cousin, I scarcely ever see one of your industrious slaves,...


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