Early 19th c. Quaker receipt book, belonging to Captain Wayman Ferris (1771-1846). Son of Deacon Benjamin Ferris and Mary, Ferris' birth is listed in the records of Oblong Monthly Meeting, 1771, as well as his disownment in 1793. His father was a settler of Quaker Hill, near Pawling, Duchess County, New York. He became a Quaker preacher and went to New Milford. Contrary to the prevailing Quaker stance, the Ferris family was loyal to the American cause and the America Revolution. The first receipts in this book are written at Pawling, settling the estate of his father to his siblings and mother, as well as other Quakers in the community. In 1810 the book becomes a mercantile record of local maritime history. In 1812, the book states that Ferris pays to William Smith $34.25 in full for the Corporation Wharfage of the Sloop Sally Ann of Poughkeepsie commencing May 1812 and ending on the 30th April 1813. A total of 168, most filled and legibly written in ink, with etched brass clasp, 6 3/4" x 4".Competitive in-house shipping is available for this lot.
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