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.
Friedrich Ehrenreich BehmerBorn Jan 10, 1721 in Berlin
Died Apr 26, 1777 in St. Petersburg
German jurist and sometime conseiller de guerre (member of the Prussian War-Council). In 1772 he became vice-president of the Justitzkollegium in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Life with Boswell:
In 1771, Behmer published Otia in otio minime otiosi, which is sometimes available via AbeBooks.com. He published some other works as well.