1735 – Born in Durham on the 10th of November.
1758 – Was educated at Durham School, he was then apprenticed to a London draper, but obtained employment in the government ordnance department.
1767 – He had become involved in litigation with the owner of an enslaved African called Jonathan Strong, in which it was decided that a slave remained in law the chattel of his master even on English soil.
1770 – He had published more than one treatise on biblical criticism.
1787 – It was through his efforts that bishops for the United States of America were consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
1813 – Died on the 6th July, and a memorial of him was erected in Westminster Abbey.