Howlett was born in Warwickshire in 1731, and died at Bath in 1804. He studied at Oxford from 1749 to 1755. After an interval in which his movements are unknown, from 1762 he served as curate of two country parishes, first Boughton, then Hunton, both near Maidstone. These low-level posts suggest a man without powerful connections. In 1782 – possibly on the strength of his new reputation as an author – he was appointed to the parish of Great Dunmow, Essex, where a healthy stipend (augmented in 1786 by a further appointment as vicar of Badow) helped him to support a more affluent life-style, and to travel across southern England and to France.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.