The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 298
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well known as an ardent exponent of the opposite political party.
Later he became associated with Albert Brisbane in editing the
Phalanx, one of the first daily newspapers this side of the Atlantic
devoted to social reform as preached by Charles Fourier. Ferris
augmented his meager literary earnings by working as a clerk in
the Buffalo post office. In July, 1842, he became editor and part
owner of the Western Literary Messenger, and in January of the
next year he began serial publication of the journal of Warren
Angus Ferris, under the title "Life in the Rocky Mountains."
Thus was preserved an interesting and important record of the
early fur trade.
The Messenger failed to prove itself a profitable enterprise;
and in 1844 Ferris became an editorial writer for the Buffalo
Courier. In October of 1849, feeling the constant pressure of ill
health, he determined to leave Buffalo. His plans were indefinite,
and for some reason the family heard little from him. A year later
he wrote that he was in Canada and somewhat improved in health.
But he never returned home, and the mystery of his latter days
has never been resolved. On May 21, 1853, Sarah Lovejoy wrote:
Until June (1851) we heard no more, when the merchants of
St. Peters wrote that he had left Sidney in Cape Breton for that
place on the 24th of December in '50o-about which time terrible
storms swept the western coast of the Atlantic-and as five months
had elapsed without the vessel reaching that port, and as the owners
of the ship in Sidney had received no intelligence of her, they
could not but consider the vessel lost with all her passengers. Since
then we have heard from them several times, but no tidings of the
ship Unicorn have ever come to hand. And yet there are so many
miraculous escapes at sea, that I cannot quite give him up. But if
I never see him this side the grave, I bear the highest testimony to
his worth as a son and brother. If it had not been for his unwearied
watchfulness and unceasing exertions we never could have retained
one foot of the land we now hold.14
14Mrs. Hiram (Sarah P. Lovejoy) Damon to C. A. (Joshua) Lovejoy (MS., in
possession of Walter McCausland).
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