William Ellis (1658-1709) was convinced of the blessed Truth at eighteen years of age when working as an apprentice to a linen-weaver in Skipton, England. Both he and his wife Alice became faithful laborers in the harvest of the Lord, giving themselves to spend and be spent in Truth’s service, in feeding and overseeing the flock of Christ in England and abroad. The letters and papers contained in this memoir plainly manifest the uncompromising submission to the Spirit of Truth which so characterized the early Society of Friends. The lives and gospel labors of this pious couple shined with true Christian humility, honesty, and single-hearted devotion, and with a genuine concern that all the Lord’s people walk in the beauty of holiness under government of the Spirit.
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The Lives and Letters of William and Alice Ellis, containing a biographical account of this worthy couple, a large collection of personal letters both to and from prominent early Friends (like William Edmundson, John Richardson, etc.), and a short history of the first gathering of Friends in Settle Monthly Meeting.