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 FergusonBorn May 25, 1735
Died Sep 06, 1820
Life with Boswell:
Boswell breakfasted with James Ferguson and his brother Patrick on November 7, 1762, in Edinburgh. He dined or breakfasted with Ferguson on the next two days as well.
Note 1: According to "The House of Commons: 1509-1558; 3, Members N-Z, Volume 4", entry: James Ferguson