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 RichardsonBorn 1731
Son of William Richardson, the sometime Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He graduated B.A. from Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1750, M.A. in 1753 and D.D. in 1766. Reverend of Wallington, Hertforshird (1759-1781). Chaplain-in-ordinary to the King in the Presbytery of Lincoln (1762-81). Reverend of All Hallows-the-Great, London (1776-1778). Reverend of St Anne's, Westminster (1778-1781). Chaplain for several years to Sir Joseph Yorke, British ambassador at the Hague.1
- 1. Main source: Alumni Cantabrigienses.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met Richardson on December 25, 1763, at the Hague. He received the sacrament from Richardson on that day, and it was also the first time he received the communion in the Church of England.1 Boswell took an immediate liking to Richardson, describing him as "affable and decent". In a letter to John Johnston (of January 20, 1764), he wrote that "[Richardson] is just the genteel, amiable, Church-of-England clergyman whom I have heard you say that you would like to have in your house, were you a man of great fortune". Boswell and Richardson met several other times during the latter part of Boswell's stay in Holland.
- 1. Boswell had converted to Catholicism in 1760, and, although he didn't profess to be a catholic for more than a few months, didn't seem to return formaly to the Church of England until this day.