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.
Nathaniel GouldDied 1786
Sometime Lt. Colonel. Married (1752) to Frances Mary Buckworth (d. 1759). Married (1759) to Elizabeth Cochrane, Boswell's mother's cousin. He had two children from his first marriage, Fanny (b. ca. 1755) and Buckley (possibly b. 1752 in Weston, Somerset).1
According to Boswell, Lt-Col Gould participated in the Affair of St. Cast.2
- 1. Fanny is probably the Fanny Gould who married Lt-Gen Charles Horneck in Bath in 1790, and died in 1832. If this is the case, she is also the Fanny Horneck who married the poet Rev. Thomas Sedgwick Whalley (1746-1828) in 1812, and who "was of extravagant habits, and came to him in debt to the extent of some thousands, for which he found himself responsible" (Knapp, Oswald G. (1914). The Intimate Letters of Hester Piozzi and Penelope Pennington, 1788-1821. p. 281)
- 2. Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763, December 3, 1762
Life with Boswell:
Boswell first met Nathaniel Gould on December 03, 1762. During the following months he often dined with the Goulds, and enjoyed their company. Boswell especially seems to have taken a liking to the Colonel, and on January 8, 1763 mentioned the Colonel's charming indolence in his journal.