He took part in battles in India and was wounded in December 1764. After taking part in a protest at Clive's management, he returned to Britain where he was briefly from 1768, when he published his first translations and a tragedy, which was staged in Drury Lane. He returned to India in 1769 but was again in London in 1772-4, when another play of his was staged. On his return to India he was appointed commissary-general of the East India Company's establishment in Bengal, which was badly paid. He then became governor of the Fort of Chunar but was replaced after a year. Despite joining the enemies of Warren Hastings, he was given the task of attacking and occupying the French sttlement at Chandernagore in 1778. He fell ill soon after this and died the following year.