James Boswell died in 1795 believing he had touched and kissed a cache of Shakespeare's original letters and papers discovered by a Mr. Ireland. His friend, Edmond Malone, publicly exposed the lot as a forgery just a year later.
August, Prince of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
August, Prince of Saxe-Gotha-AltenburgBorn 1747 in Gotha
Died Sep 28, 1806 in Gotha
He first embarked on a military career, joining the teutonic knights in 1764 before going into the service of a Dutch regiment of infantery, but left military service in 1772 to live the rest of his life as a patron of arts of literature. Among his correspondents were Herder, Göthe and Wieland.1 Witty and given to sarcasm.2
During his visit to the court of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg on October 17, 1764, Boswell described August as "very brisk".