1664 – Born on the 21st of July.
1686 – He took his B.A. degree, and two years later became a fellow.
1687 – He wrote the City Mouse and Country Mouse, in ridicule of John Dryden’s The Hind and the Panther.
1697 – He was secretary to the plenipotentiaries who concluded the Peace of Ryswick.
1695 – His occasional poems during this period include an elegy on Queen Mary.
1701 – He sat in Parliament for East Grinstead.
1709 – He had already published a collection of verse.
1715 – He was impeached by Robert Walpole and kept in close custody for two years.
1721 – Died on the 18th of September.