LL.D., essayist, editor, playwright, schoolmaster.
He and his wife were friends of Polly Stevenson, and Franklin frequently visited them at Bromley.
With Samuel Johnson and others, he edited and wrote essays for The Adventurer (1752-54). Edited and published a twelve- volume edition of the works of Jonathan Swift (1754-55), to which he added other volumes during the next eleven years. Contributed to Gent. Mag., and was named its reviewer of new books (1765).
Was in charge of his wife’s school for young ladies at Bromley, Kent.
Revised and published a collection of accounts of voyages to the South Seas, which was highly criticized for inaccuracies and indecencies (1773).
Appointed as a director of the East India Company (1773), but took little part in the company’s affairs.