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.
William Weller PepysBorn 1740
Died Jun 02, 1825
Son of William Pepys (ca. 1698-1743) and Hannah Weller Russell (d. ca. 1760). Married (1777) to Elizabeth Dowdeswell, daughter of Right Hon. William Dowdeswell of Pull Court (d. 1775). Educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford. Master in the High Court of Chancery. An intimate friend of James Macdonald. A sometime friend of Henry and Hester Thrale. Pepys was created a baronet in 1801.
One of William and Elizabeth's sons, Charles Christopher Pepys, became Solicitor General (1834), High Commisioner of the Great Seal (1835) and Lord High Chancellor (1836-41 and 1846-50).
Life with Boswell:
Not a lot of litterature about William Weller Pepys is available. It is possible, however, to find rather inexpensive editions of A.C.C. Gaussens A Later Pepys (The Correspondence of Sir William Weller Pepys) via the AbeBooks.com used books search engine. Included is his correspondence with, among many others, Sir James Macdonald.
Be sure not to confuse him with the much better known Samuel Pepys, Boswell's predecessor as a master diarist, and a distant relation of William Pepys'.