David Ferris (1707-1779) was favored as a young child with a merciful visitation of the Lord whereby he was called out of the vanities of the world and enabled to see through the empty forms and superstitions of man-made religion. He was brought up a Presbyterian and educated in their way, but by attending to the inward teachings of divine grace, he became convinced of the principles of Friends (having no outward knowledge of their doctrines or practices). Being timid and diffident by nature, he resisted the Lord’s call to ministry for many years, but at length gave up to preach the gospel and travel in the Lord’s service.
David Ferris was with me in this journey oftentimes in cold weather, close exercise, and hard travelling; and his company was helpful as well as agreeable, he being a lover of Truth and its testimony.- Samuel Neale
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A journal of the life David Ferris, recounting his remarkable convincement of Truth’s principles apart from any human instrumentality, his timidness in giving up to speak as a minister of the gospel, and his eventual growth and usefulness in the body of Christ.