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.
George William CoventryBorn Apr 26, 1722
Died Sep 03, 1809
[img_assist|nid=619|title=6th Earl of Coventry|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=0|height=0]Son of William Coventry (d. 1750-1), 5th Earl of Coventry, and Eilzabeth Allen (d. 1738). Married (1752) to Maria Gunning (d. 1760), dau of Colonel John Gunning of Castle Coote (Roscommon, Ireland), and (1764) to Barbara St. John (d. 1804), dau of Lord St. John of Blethshoe. He had at least 5 children.
Coventry was educated at Winchester and University College, Oxford and in 1744 was elected MP for Bridport. From 1747 until 1751 he represented Worcestershire, before entering the House of Lords upon the death of his father.