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.
Johann Georg von Anhalt-Dessau
Johann Georg von Anhalt-DessauBorn 1748
Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, son of Leopold II Maximillian of Anhalt-Dessau (1700-1751) and Giesela Agnes of Anhalt-Köthen (1721-1751).
Boswell presented a letter from the Count d'Anhalt to Johann Georg at the court of Dessau on September 24, 1764. He was also introduced to his brother Albrecht, and three sisters. According to Boswell, the two princes "spoke only German, so that I had difficult conversation of it. However, I did so well that I was liked, and I was honoured with the distinction of being offered one of the Prince's horses to go a-hunting with, which I most thankfully accepted".
On September 27, he played the card game of Faro with the Prince and his sister, Marie, as well as a Gentleman of Brandenburg (a canon of Halberstadt), afterwards noting that "I lost six écus. I am always unlucky at play, and always keen".