Printed by R. Hawes, Moorfields, London, 1777
The Life of God in the Soul of Man or, the Nature and Excellency of the Christian Religion', was originally published by Henry Scougal (1650-78) in 1677. It originated as a letter of spiritual guidance to a friend, but Scougal agreed to its publication a year before his early death. The text soon became a classic, and John Wesley published this abridged and amended version for his followers.
Although strange to modern eyes, abridging, paraphrasing and simply copying other writers was not unusual in an age when copyright law did not exist.