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Dodsley, Robert (1703-1764), an English poet, dramatist, and publisher, was born at Mansfield. Besides the tragedy of Cleone he wrote the famous farce (1736) The King and the Miller of Mansfield. He further wrote Fables in Verse and an Essay upon Fables. He planned the Annual Register, which first appeared in 1758. He is perhaps better known for his twelve volumes of old plays and six volumes of poems by different hands. Pope and

Chesterfield patronised him, and his early efforts were encouraged by Dr. Johnson.