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.
John WebsterBorn 1738
Son of Rev. Dr. Alexander Webster, and Mary Erskine. Married (1771) to Charlotte Kerr (d. 1804)1, with whom he had two children, Alexander (b. 1778) and Eleonora (b. 1780). Webster was a Captain in the 4th Foot Regiment until he retired from the army in 1777.2
- 1. Charlotte was the daughter of Robert Kerr of Newfield, sometime Director of Chancery.
- 2. http://www.silverwhistle.co.uk/lobsters/webster.html
Life with Boswell:
Boswell went with Webster to Arniston on October 28, 1762.