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.
Mary WoffingtonBorn 1731
Daughter of Arthur Woffington. Sister of famous actress Margaret 'Peg' Woffington (ca. 1714-1760). Married (1746) to Robert Cholmondeley, with whom she had five children.
She developed into something of a socialite of London. It is said of her, that "people came to her salon because of her social position; they returned because of her natural wit" and that she could convene the likes of Joshua Reynolds, Edmund Burke, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Burney on few hours notice.1
- 1. See Tourtellot, Arthur Bernon. (1938). Be Loved No More: The Life and Environment of Fanny Burney. Houghton Mifflin Company. pp. 100-104.