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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life. Adapted to the State and Condition of all Orders of Christians
London: Printed for William Innys, at the West End of St. Paul's, 1729 First edition. Contemporary paneled calf, neatly rebacked. Gilt-ruled spine with red morocco label. Octavo. Some light foxing, mostly marginal. A very good copy. It is the Serious Call, a plea for the return to the practice of private individual piety, in an unadorned, lucid and deeply moving style, on which his reputation chiefly stands. Its peculiar force is difficult to convey; authorities as different as Gibbon, Lord Lyttelton and George Whitefield spoke enthusiastically of it. Samuel Johnson attributed to it his first attention to religion. But the most significant testimony is that of John Wesley, who reaped where Law had sown. Writing after they had parted company, he said: 'it will hardly be excelled, if it be equalled, in the English language, either for beauty of expression or for justice and depth of thought'" (Printing and the Mind of Man).
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