1718. Dublin: Edwin Sandys, for John Hyde, Bookseller, in Dame’s Street. MDCCXVIII .
Small 8vo, 76, (1, ads) pp. Disbound, lacking half-title, top edge trimmed with occasional loss of page numbers.
§ First published the previous year in London. One of three pamphlets William Law (1686-1761) contributed to the "Bangorian controversy" which erupted in 1717 when the bishop of Bangor, Benjamin Hoadly, delivered a sermon before the king in which he denied that the church had any doctrinal or disciplinary authority. In the war of words that ensued some 50 writers issued over 200 pamphlets. Law contributions in defense of church authority did much to bring him to public notice for the first time. A Practical Treatise upon Christian Perfection (1726) and A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (1729), stern manuals for self-regulation and Christian conduct brought him some fame and the admiration of John Wesley among others (though the two later quarreled). His later life and writings were strongly influenced by the German protestant mystic Jacob Boehme who was also an influence on William Blake. ESTC T172224. Item #105927