(16241691). Mystic; founded Soc. of Friends.* B. Drayton, Leicestershire, Eng.; in late teens grieved at sham and insincerity in ch.; experienced new light 1647; convinced that Spirit of God dwells in heart of man; emphasized direct fellowship with God and disparaged external ordinances because he felt that they led to formalism and hypocrisy; at first opposed organizing his followers, but a const. was written 1660 and chs. organized. Visited W. Indies and Am. 167172.
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