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 WebsterBorn 1740
Died 1781 from wounds sustained in combat
Webster and Boswell most likely had known each other since childhood, them being first cousins of the same age, and both having lived in Edinburgh for most of their life.
Webster enters the journals when he visit Boswell in his lodgings on Downing Street on December 18, 1762, Webster having just returned from Germany. Boswell visited him on December 20, and spoke with him again on December 22 and February 18, 1763. They dined together at Mrs. Gould's on January 3, 1763, and Webster visited Boswell on February 18, 1763.