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.
Robert JephsonBorn 1736
Born in Ireland. In 1762 an army officer, later an Irish MP, playwright and author. He also became a part of the group surrounding Dr. Johnson, David Garrick, Edmund Burke, etc. Among his plays were the tragedies Braganza (1775), The Law of Lombardy (ca. 1779), The Count of Narbonne (1781) and Julia: Or, the Italian Lover (1787). Most of his plays were performed at Drury Lane.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell apparently first met him at Thomas Sheridan's on December 31, 1762, praising his parodies highly.
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