William Ames (Quaker)
William Ames (died 1662) was an early English itinerant Quaker preacher and writer.
He joined the Quakers in 1655 at Dublin, having been a Baptist minister in Somerset, and afterwards an officer in the parliamentary army. He settled at Amsterdam in 1657, where he was tolerated, though once confined for a short time as a lunatic. He travelled in Germany, and was favourably received by Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine. He returned to England in 1662, was sent to Bridewell for attending a Quaker meeting, and died before the end of the year.
He wrote a large number of tracts in Dutch, the titles of which are given in Joseph Smith's Catalogue of Friends' Books.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Ames, William (d.1662)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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