Fernald, Woodbury Melcher

Fernald, Woodbury Melcher a Universalist minister, was born at Portsmouth, N.T., March 21, 1813. He began his ministry in Nashua in 1835, received ordination the following year, and in i.838 moved to Cabotville (now Chicopee), Massachusetts. In 1840 and 1841 he was located in Newburyport; then three years in Stoneham; in 1845 removed to Boston; embraced Swedenborgiariism, and was ordained a preacher of that faith. He published, the same year, a work entitled The Eternity of Heaven and Hell Confirmed by Scripture, and Grounded in the Realities of the Human Soul: Compendium of the Theological and Spiritual Writings of Swedenborg (1854): — God in His Providence (1859): — Memoirs and Reminiscences of the late Professor Bush (1860): — First Causes of Character (1865): — a posthumous volume of Sermons, found marked for publication at his decease, was issued under the title, The True Christian Life, and How to Attain It (1874). He died in Boston, December 10, 1873. Mr. Fernald was a voluminous and vigorous writer; a sincere, pure, and spiritually-minded man; and possessed of a metaphysical turn of mind. See Universalist Register, 1875, page 124.

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