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COMMANDED TO BE PRLACHED BY
JESUS CHRIST, JUDGE OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD,
UNTO ALL CREATURES, (MARK XVI. 15,)
THE ETERNAL REDEMPTION
FOUND OUT BY HIM, WHEREBY
DEVIL, SIN, HELL AND DEATH
SHALL AT LAST BE ABOLISHED, AND
THE WHOLE CREATION RESTORED
TO ITS PRIMITIVE PURITY:
BEING A TESTIMONY
AGAINST THE PRESENT ANTI-CHRISTIAN WORLD.
WRITTEX ORIGINALLY IN GERMAN
BY PAUL SIEGVOLCK,
GIHON, FAIRCHILD & Co,
INFINITE AND EVERLASTING
OUT OF WHOM, THROUGH WHOM, AND TO WHOM, ARE ALL THINGS; ,
WHO IS CALLED
THIS SIMPLE WITNESS OF TRUTH, BORNE OF HIM.
IS, IX FILIAL LOVE AND HUMILITI,
DEDICATED AND OFFERED,
Most mercifully and powerfully to bless it for the End it is intended, and to defend it against the Devil and his whole host of evil Angels and Men, whose Interest it is that the Everlasting Lovs should not have the sole Dominion over the whole Creation, and come to be ALL IN ALL,)
TO THE READER.
There have been many books published in | ly; and that, instead of the contracted senti. our language upon the subject of the restitu- ments which have long set Christians at bittion of all fallen intelligences; some of them ter variance with each other, they now begin fraught with learning and criticism, as Dr. to think themselves the children of one comBurnet's piece on the state of the dead; the mon Father, whose mercy, whose tender Chevalier Ramsay's philosophical principles mercy, is over all the works of his hands.of natural and revealed religion; and above May this view of the IMMORTAL GOD, i all of this kind, the treatise of Mr. Stone- Christ Jesus, increase, until discord and house, late vicar of Islington: 'a work which hatred are banished from the earth. is worthy of the notice of the learned world, I have found this little book very useful to and to which I do not know that there has myself. I did not, like Mr. Winchester, receive ever been an answer attempted.
my first conviction of the truth of the univerWhile the above gentlemen have written sal doctrine from it; but it was the mean of on this great subject for the learned, others fully establishing my mind in it. I remem. have no less laudably employed their talents ber particularly, that the seventh chapter, for the service of the bulk of mankind, by which treats of the word eternity, and the bearing their testimony to the universal and different eternities, or ages, mentioned in the efficacious love of God to his rational crea- scriptures, was very satisfying to me; as tures, in plain popular style: among whom we j was the eleventh chapter, which treats of this find Mr. Jeremiah White in the last century, present world, the world to come, and the and Mr. Winchester of late; the latter of whom still, or silent eternity. has not only presented to the world, the evi I know of no book that is more calculated dence of the restoration of all things, in his to disseminate the universal doctrine among dialogues, lectures on prophecy, and pume- good men, than this; for every one who has rous other tracts; but has also favoured man- tasted that GOD is Love, will here find some kind with the first edition of Mr. Seigvolck's thing that meets and accords with the warm book, that has been printed in Old England. and holy benevolence of his soul; and to
Notwithstanding the opposition which some them I do most heartily recommend it; being mistaken (but otherwise good) men have fully assured, that however such may differ in made to the universal doctrine, the first im- other things, they all bear in their hearts pression of this piece is sold off; so that a good will towards men. copy of it has been hardly to be procured for They will not, therefore, be offended at my above twelve months past, though it was pub- subscribing myself, lished only in 1792. A proof this, that man
A Friend to all Mankind, kind begin to have their eyes more opened,
WILLIAM VIDLIB. and their hearts more expanded, than former, London, June 8th, 1795.
The little work here presented to the read- / and first published at the instance and ex. ers of the “Library,” is perhaps the most re- pense of that remarkable man. markable treatise contained in the whole The edition published in London, by Mr. volume. It was originally written in Ger- Winchester, was exhausted in less than two man, and was, I believe, first published in years, as we learn from the preface of a sePeterson's “Mystery of the Restitution of all cond edition, published by Rev. Mr. Vidler, in things," vol. I., which appeared in 1700. In 1795. He says, notwithstanding the opposithis very valuable work, the Universalist tion which some mistaken (but otherwise Historical Society, possesses the original good) men have made to the universal docedition of Seigvolck's Everlasting Gospel. trine, the first impression of this piece is During the former part of the last century, it sold off; so that a copy of it has been hardly went through several editions. It was re to be procured for above twelve months past, published at Leipsic in 1705, and again in though it was published only in 1792.” 1713. In 1730 a new edition appeared at Of the author of this work, I regret that I Frankfort and Leipsic, and another in 1743, have it in my power to say very little. Mr. at Altona.
Whittemore, in his Modern History of UniverIt first appeared in English at Germantown, salism, p. 128, note, says, on the authority of near Philadelphia, in 1753. It was probably a friend in Ohio, that “ Seigvolck was born brought to this country by some of the Ger- and educated in Harford-schles in Holland; man Baptists, who are known to have sym- and flourished in the time of William, Prince pathised with its author in the faith of uni of Orange. He was not a regular clergyman, versal salvation. This edition was printed as appears from his own preface to his Uniby Christopher Sower, and purports to have versal Gospel, which was originally writter been “translated into English by John S—" in Low Dutch, and shortly after translated probably a son or brother of the printer into the German language. He was contemThere is every reason to suppose that it was porary with three others, who preached the thus introduced to the readers of English, same doctrine; Fisher, Shetz and Shepherd, through the influence of Dr. George de Ben- as appears from letters of correspondence neville, who came to this country about 1740, between them. Shetz was considered a more and was at this time residing in the imme- able advocate of the doctrine ihan Seigvolck. diate neighbourhood of Germantown. His They preached much in the Low Countries, long-tried and active zeal in the cause of and made many proselytes among the HolUniversalism, renders it in the highest degree landers. They were greatly persecuted, till probable, that he was deeply concerned in the Prince of Orange gave them toleration and this publication. His previous residence for arrested the civil arm which was about to be several years in Germany had, it is likely, raised against them." of the truth of this made him acquainted with this treatise there. account Mr. Whittemore expressed some Rev. Elhanan Winchester, who published an doubts, which were certainly well founded. edition of Seigvolck's Everlasting Gospel in In the first place, Seigvolck was not coLondon, 1792, uses the following language in temporary with William, Prince of Orange, if reference to its translation in America: William I. the younger, generally called the "This little book, which I now send abroad in Prince of Orange, be meant; for he was this country, was originally written in the assassinated in 1584, while Seigvolck could German language in the beginning of the not have been born till nearly a century after present century and printed in Pennsylvania this date. But not to dwell on this point, I in 1753. I am well acquainted with the nowhere find the slightest intimation, except good man at whose instance and expense it in the quotation above, that Seigvolck was a was translated and printed. He had lived to Hollander, or that this work was written orisee the little spark rise into a flame, and the ginally in Low Dutch. In the German I dissmall seed into a large tree; and may he still cover no traces of its being a translation, nor live many years, until this glorious system, so does Peterson drop a hint that it is so. grand, so worthy of God, shall have prevailed Speaking of the delay in bringing out the to bring all the different sects of Christians to first volume of his work, he says, “ Still I see be of the same spirit, mind and judgment.” | the providence of God in this,-as also in I know not to whom this allusion would so other things that I have meanwhile received naturally apply, as to Dr. Benneville, for an excellent treatise on the subject, which is whom it is known Mr. Winchester entertain- very precious and may properly be called a ed the highest respect and the warmest friend compendium of this whole work, and which I ship. I can, therefore, indulge no doubts here communicate.” that the Everlasting Gospel was translated Nor do I find any thing in Seigvolck's "own