Traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, to collect debts for a London firm (1761). Member of a group that made itself intensely unpopular, just before the Stamp Act crisis, by seeking to revoke the Rhode Island charter. Later brought before the Rhode Island House of Deputies on a charge of Loyalism; convicted and imprisoned. Went to England (by July 1779). Estate confiscated (1780). Served as an agent to prosecute Rhode Island Loyalists’ claims to compensation (1780s).