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.
John HumeBorn bef. 1711
Son of Joseph Hume of Ninewells (1680-1713) and Catherine Falconer (b. 1683). Brother of David Hume. Married (1751) to Agnes Carre, which whom he had at least two children, David Hume (1757-1838), and Katharine Hume.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met Hume at Kames on October 20, 1762, describing him as "a sensible good man, who reads more than usual. He has an anxiety of temper which hurts him. Very different from his brother."