E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Act of God (An).
Damnum fatle, such as loss by lightning, shipwreck, fire, etc.; loss arising from fatality, and not from ones own fault, theft, and so on. A Devonshire jury once found a verdictThat deceased died by the act of God, brought about by the flooded condition of the river.