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William Law


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William Law : A Practical Traetise Upon Christain Perfection

at home all day [...] at Oaks I met with Mr Laws practical discourse on christian perfection [...] I am now reading it

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: James Clegg      Print: Book


William Law : 

'When she was thirteen or fourteen, [Constance] Maynard's businessman father used to read Monier Williams on the religions of the East, William Law, and Jacob Boehme aloud to her.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry Maynard      Print: Book


William Law : A serious call to a devout and holy life


Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


William Laidlaw : 'Sagacity of a Shepherd's Dog'

'I am much pleased by your attention in sending me such [CUT] and confess my weakness that such [CUT] and Z. to Leigh Hunt are quite delicious pray may I ask if the Indian Officer is from the same pen of masterly humour as the article on Cookery? I wish Z. had left out the allusion to primrose and Mildmay altogether all the rest is in his best genuine stile The Shepherd's dog is also very well indeed Hoy was my uncle the anecdote is quite true'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: James Hogg      Print: Serial / periodical


William Law : Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, A

'"When at Oxford, I took up Law's "Serious Call to a Holy Life", expecting to find it a dull book (as such books generally are), and perhaps to laugh at it. But I found Law quite an overmatch for me; and this was the first occasion of my thinking in earnest of religion, after I became capable of rational inquiry".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


William Law : Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

'[from an account by Dr Maxwell, an Irish London-based priest friend of Johnson] He much commended Law's "Serious Call", which he said was the finest piece of hortatory theology in any language. "Law, (said he) fell latterly into the reveries of Jacob Behmen, whom Law alledged to have been somewhat in the same state with St. Paul, and to have seen [italics] unutterable things [end italics]. Were it even so, (said Johnson,) Jacob would have resembled St. Paul still more, by not attempting to utter them."'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


William Law : Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

'What a fine Book is "Law's Serious Call"! written with such force of Thinking, such purity of Style, & such penetration into human Nature; the Characters too so neatly, nay so highly finished: yet nobody reads it I think, from the Notion of its being a Religious work most probably. Johnson has however studied it hard I am sure, & many of the Ramblers apparently took their Rise from that little Volume, as the Nile flows majestically from a Source dificult to be discovered or even discerned.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Hester Lynch Thrale      Print: Book


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