Was born about the year 1740. Educated at the University of Oxford, England. Natural History, at a very early age, was his fondest attachment; he possessed a laudable and ardent ambition to promote the advancement of this great science; with this object he took a voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador, and found himself amply rewarded. Made a voyage with Captain Cook, on which occasion Dr. Solander, of the British Museum, one of the most eminent pupils of Linnaeus, accompanied him, in 1768. After encountering the greatest difficulties and dangers, with a noble perseverance, they landed the 12th of June 1771, in England, richly laden with all sorts of natural curiosities. Appointed president of the Royal Society of London 1777. This society and many others, owe much to the services of Sir Joseph Banks. [P. 45.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.