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 GordonBorn ca. 1741
Died Dec 13, 1771
Son of William Gordon (d. 1745), 2nd Earl of Aberdeen, and Anne Gordon (d. 1791), dau of Alexander, 2nd Duke of Gordon. At the time of his death, in December, 1771, he was a Captain in the army.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell possibly met him in Amsterdam during the early part of his stay in Holland, at a time when Boswell was unsure whether to choose the University at Leyden or Utrecht. A reason why he considered Leyden was that Gordon, among others, would be nearby (either at Leyden or nearby The Hague). However, Gordon's favour soon fell. In early September, 1763, Archibald Stewart wrote to Boswell, that he didn't think Gordon the right companion for Boswell. Also, Boswell finally did choose Utrecht, and when he went to the Hague in December, 1763, he made a note to be retenu with Gordon, as well as staying at the Maréchal Turenne, so he wouldn't have to spend too much time with Gordon. Although they did meet at various occasions during the next few weeks, Boswell was much reserved, and tried to avoid Gordon at times.