He translated into Hebrew a large number of Arabic books (including the Arabic form of Euclid).
In 1856 he was translated to the see of Durham, and in 1860 he became archbishop of York.
An English prose romance, Helyas Knight of the Swan, translated by Robert Copland, and printed by W.
From 1701 to 17 21 Collier was employed on his Great Historical, Geographical, Genealogical and Poetical Dictionary, founded on, and partly translated from, Louis Moreri's Dictionnaire historique, and in the compilation and issue of the two volumes folio of his own Ecclesiastical History of Great Britian from the first planting of Christianity to the end of the reign of Charles II.
Papers by him have appeared in the mathematical journals of Italy, France, Germany and England, and he has published several important works, many of which have been translated into other languages.