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.
Sackville Tufton - 8th Earl of Thanet
Sackville TuftonBorn 1733
Died Apr 10, 1786 in Nice, France
8th Earl of Thanet (Lord Thanet). Second son of Sackville Tufton (1688-1753), 7th Earl, and Mary Saville (1700-1751). Married (1767) to Mary Sackville (1746-1778), daughter of John Phillip Sackville and through her brother-in-law of John Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset. Father of the 9th, 10th and 11th Earls of Thanet. Tufton received his early education at Westminster School. He died in Nice on April 10, 1786.1
In 1753 he inherited his family lands in Kent, Sussex as well as the Clifford estates in Cumberland.2 Hereditary Sheriff of Westmorland. Sometime member of parliament. At some time he had a London house at Grosvenor Square.
First mentions of Lord Thanet in Boswell's journals are 8/5-63 and 29/5-63. They met at Lord Eglinton's on both occasions.