4th edition; printed by Paramore at the Foundery, London, 1784
The treatise is a typical example of a publication Wesley thought instructive and worth reproducing for his followers in amended form. The work had originally been published in 1710 by John Norris (1657-1711), the English philosopher, under the title "A treatise concerning Christian prudence or the principles of practical wisdom, fitted to the use of human life, and design'd for the better regulation of it."
Like many other authors of the period and in an age before copyright, Wesley extracted passages from existing texts, sometimes amending, re-arranging and commenting on them in the process. The 'Treatise' was one of John Wesley's earliest published works (1734).