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.
Leopoldine Anna von Anhalt
Leopoldine Anna von AnhaltBorn 1738
Daughter of Count Wilhelm Gustav (1699-1737) of Anhalt-Dessau and Johanna Sophie Herre (1706-1795). Married (1773) to Georg Dietrich von Pfuhl.
Boswell apparently met Leopoldine, her two sisters and mother on September 25, 1764 at the Court of Dessau. He described the three sisters as “strong, bouncing women” and noted that one of them was “very clever”.