A younger son of Joseph Andrews of Newbury, James Pettit Andrews served in the Berkshire militia and worked in the legal profession. He was a police-court magistrate in Queen Square, Westminster (1792). Andrews contributed antiquarian materials to Archeologia and The Gentleman's Magazine, and collaborated with the Laureate, Henry James Pye, in translating a tragedy, The Inquisitor, from the German. Andrews is said to have married the daughter of the unfortunate poet Thomas Penrose, whose works he edited in 1781. She was more likely a sister.
The savages of Europe [Lesuire, trans Andrews]. 1764.
Thomas Penrose, Poems [ed. Andrews]. 1781.
An appeal to the humane, on behalf of the climbing boys, employed by the chimney-sweepers. 1788.
Anecdotes, &c ancient and modern, with observations. 1789.
The history of Great Britain, connected with the chronology of Europe. 2 vols, 1794.
History of Great Britain from the death of Henry VIII to the succession of James VI of Scotland. 1796.
The Inquisitor, a tragedy [Unzer, translated]. 1798.