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 ErskineBorn 1713
Died Feb 27, 1785
Life with Boswell:
Boswell "sat a good while with him" in London on May 26, 1763. Erskine seems to have been often away, and his wife, Frances, is mentioned more often in the journal.