wrote several poems while a footman in the service of the Hon. Mrs Lowther, including Servitude (anon., 1729). He set up as a bookseller and wrote several plays, including a musical play, The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green (1741). He is chiefly remembered as the publisher of works by Pope, Dr Johnson, E. Young, Goldsmith, T. Gray, Akenside, and Shenstone and of A Collection of Poems, by Several Hands (1748–58, revised and continued by Pearch, 1775) which was a classic and influential statement of mid‐18th‐cent. taste. In 1758 he founded, in conjunction with Burke, The Annual Register. He also has the credit of having suggested the compiling of a dictionary to Dr Johnson.