In 1768 he attended the eldest son of the 4th earl of Aylesford to Oxford as private tutor; and, after receiving through the earl and Bishop Lowth various minor preferments, which by dispensations he combined with his first living, he was installed in 1781 as archdeacon of St Albans.
- Lowth, Isaiah: a new translation, with a preliminary dissertation and notes (1778); Gesenius, Der Proph.
Secker, Bishop Lowth and J.
Lowth published a new translation of Isaiah with Lowth.
An intimate friend of Herder, himself keenly interested in literature, he naturally enough treats the Old Testament as literature - like Lowth, but more thoroughly: and, as an Oriental scholar, he treats it as an Oriental literature.