He opposed the employment of steamers on the Red Sea probably in deference to the supposed interests of the company. Sir Edward Strachey wrote of him
"A kind-hearted genial friendly man who loved to share his enjoyment of life with all around him and self-indulgent without being selfish. The official duties of the India House delayed the completion and publication of Maid Marian begun in 1818 until 1822 and as a result of the delay it was taken for an imitation of Ivanhoe although its composition had in fact preceded Scott's novel.
He was a close friend of Percy BysThomas Love Peacock Shelley and they influenced each other's work. Peacock wrote satirical novels each with the same basic setting — characters at a table discussing and criticising the philosophical opinions of the day. Thomas Love Peacock (18 October 1785 – 23 January 1866) was an English novelist poet and official of the East India Company.