Member of the Club of Honest Whigs, of which Franklin was also a member.
Employed by the Duke of Northumberland as his private secretary at Alnwick Castle and in London. In charge of the private library bequeathed by Dr. Williams to nonconforming clergy. Assistant to Ebenezer Radcliffe, pastor of the Presbyterian congregation in Aldgate.
After the congregation was dissolved in 1774, he declined to exercise his ministerial functions and devoted himself to writing.
A private member of the Church of Unitarian Christians.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland.