He was consecrated bishop of Norwich in 1792, and two years later received the appointment of dean of Windsor in commendam.
It included: the number, character and nationality of the cardinals, the abuse of the " reservations " made by the apostolic see, the annates, the collation to benefices, expectative favours, cases to be brought before the papal Curia (including appeals), functions of the papal chancery and penitentiary, benefices in commendam, confirmation of elections, income during vacancies, indulgences, tenths, for what reasons and how is a pope to be corrected or deposed.
the Indians of a district were given to him "in commendam" with the power to demand a corvee from them and a small yearly payment per head.
A trial was held before Coke in which one of the counsel denied the validity of a grant made by the king to the bishop of Lichfield of a benefice to be held in commendam.
The general question involved in a special instance was whether or not the king's prerogative included the right of granting at pleasure livings in commendam, i.e.