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.
Charles de GuiffardièreDied 1810
Protestant clergyman. Sometime french reader to Queen Charlotte of England (1744-1818) and instructor in history to the royal princesses. Prebend of Ilfracombe, Salisbury Cathedral (1792-1810), Rector of Great Berkhampstead (1798-1810)1 and sometime Minister of the King's French Chapel. Author of Élémentaire d'Histoire Ancienne (1798). Fanny Burney referred to him as Mr. Turbulent, and described him as "here and there a little eccentric, but, in the main, merely good-humoured and high-spirited".2
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met Guiffardière Utrecht in 1763, and they corresponded occasionally during his stay there.