Quaker. He retired from the Parliamentary army in 1651 and in the same year he was convinced by G. Fox of the Quaker doctrine of the Inner (or Inward) Light. At the outset he was second only to Fox in the leadership of the movement; from the summer of 1655 to the spring of 1656 he was its chief spokesman in London. Soon afterwards he came under the influence of a group of people with Ranting views who tried to worship him as Christ. He was credited with having raised a woman from the dead, quarrelled with Fox, and entered Bristol in the manner that the Lord entered Jerusalem. He was imprisoned until 1659.