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.
Rudolf Ulrich van SporkenBorn 1696
Married (1721) to Susanna van Slingelandt (1700-1737). Envoy extraordinary to the Hague for Hannover.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell visited the Baron on December 28, 1763, at The Hague.
Sources: Familysearch and Boswell in Holland 1763-64, p. 107