Bishop of St. Asaph.
Became acquainted with Franklin presumably through his brother, William Shipley (c. 1771).
An ardent colonial sympathizer during the American Revolution and a religious liberal who fought for the repeal of laws against Protestant dissenters.
Married c. 1743 to Anna Mordaunt. Children include Anna Maria, Catherine Louisa, and Georgiana, all three of whom corresponded with Franklin.