Joseph Mitchell was the son of a Scottish stonecutter; he seems to have known Allan Ramsay in Edinburgh before he travelled to London, where he was a libertine friend of Aaron Hill and David Mallet. Mitchell was one of the many writers seeking patronage from Sir Robert Walpole, though he seems to have had friends on both sides of the political fence. In the 1753 Lives of the Poets Robert Shiels, a fellow Scot, damns Mitchell's character and his poetry, which is not nearly so bad as it is represented.
1719The Dirge. A Pastoral Eclogue, sacred to the Memory of my deceas'd Brother.
1720The Doleful Swains: a Pastoral Poem.
1721 ca.Verses, on Sight of an Half-Penny, found in Mr. Kenneth Campbell's Pocket, after his Death.
1727The Shoe-Heel: a Rhapsody.
1729A Poetical Dream, address'd to the right honourable John Earl of Stair.
1729The Equivalent: a second Poetical Petition to the Right Honourable Robert Walpole, Esq.
Lugubres cantus. 1719.
The doleful swains: a pastoral poem written originally in the Scotch dialect, with an English version. 1720.
An ode to the power of musick. 1721.
An epistle to John, Earl of Stairs, on the death of Sir D. Dalrymple. 1722.
Two poetical petitions to Robert Walpole. 1725.
The sine-cure: a poetical petition. 1725.
The promotion and and the alternative: two poetical petitions. 1726.
The shoe-heel: a rhapsody. 1727.
The judgment of Hercules. 1727.
The totness address versified. 1727.
A tale and two fables in verse. 1727.
Poems on several occasions. 2 vols, 1729, 1732.
The monument: or the Muse's motion, upon the death of Sir Richard Steele. 1729.
The Highland fair, or the union of the clans: an opera. 1731.
Three poetical epistles: to Mr. Hogarth, Mr. Dandridge, and Mr. Lambert, masters of the art of painting. 1731.
The royal hermitage, or temple of honour: a poem. 1732.
A familiar epistle to Sir Robert Walpole. 1735.
A sick-bed soliloquy to an empty purse, in Latin and English verse. 1735.