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.
James DodsleyBorn 1724 near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Died Feb 19, 1797 in London
A London publisher and bookseller (Until 1759 with his brother Robert Dodsley). Shop at Tully's Head in Pall Mall. Published works by Frances Sheridan, Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Johnson and by Boswell himself. Also publishers of Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759). A memorial tablet for James Dodsley in St. James's Church, Westminister describes him as "upright and liberal in all his dealings, a friend to the afflicted in general, and to the poor of this parish in particular." (Who's Who in Boswell", p. 113)
Life with Boswell:
James Dodsley published Boswell's The Cub at Newmarket in 1762, and on November 24, 1762 Boswell went to Dodsley to collect the profit of 13 shillings.