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.
George FrazerBorn ca. 1701
Died Oct 12, 1774
Life with Boswell:
Boswell mentions Frazer in his journal as early as October 28, 1762, when Boswell had breakfast at Frazer's home in Edinburgh. On January 12, 1767 Frazer dined with Boswell, and on January 20, 1768 "Mr. George Frazer and Mr. Orme drank tea and claret with me, consulting on a plan for Lochmaben manse."1 He is mentioned in the journals occasionally until his death on October 12, 1774, which Boswell described as "a striking circumstance to me, as I had known him long, and liked him much".2 Boswell describes all their meetings as pleasant.