London bookseller and journalist.
Wrote and published various pamphlets, and was engaged at a fixed salary by the Gazetteer (1761). His A Review of Mr. Pitt’s Administration (1761), brought him into contact with distinguished members of the opposition including John Wilkes, who became his close friend and confidant.
After severing his connections with the Gazetteer, he established himself as a book and pamphlet seller in Piccadilly. Appointed bookseller to the opposition club, “The Coterie.”
Beginning in 1771, he published daily sketches of each day’s parliamentary debates in the London Evening Post. In 1774, he began The Parliamentary Register, the first monthly record of proceedings in Parliament. Published Arthur Lee’s An Appeal to the Justice and Interests of the People of Great Britain, in the Present Disputes with America…(London, 1774).
After a brief retirement (1781-84), he became proprietor and editor of the General Advertizer. The author or editor of numerous original works.
Born at Liverpool.