Lawyer; born in England
; came to America
about 1740, and settled in Boston
He married a daughter of Governor Shirley
, of Massachusetts
, and was appointed collector of customs at Salem
In 1745 he was sent to England
to solicit the reimbursement of more than $800,000 advanced by Massachusetts
for the expedition against Cape Breton.
He was successful ; and became agent for Massachusetts
in 1762, but was dismissed.
Being in England
in 1769, he obtained copies of thirty-three letters written by Governor Bernard
and General Gage
, calumniating the colonists, and sent then to Boston
For this act he was denounced in Parliament.
He strongly recommended the British
government to pursue conciliatory measures towards the colonists in 1775: and in various ways, in person and in writing, he showed his warm friendship for the Americans
wrote several political pamphlets
relating to American affairs: and in 1774 he presented.
as colonial agent, a petition to the King
He died in 1776.