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.
Joseph YorkeBorn 1724
Son of Phillip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, and Margaret Cocks. Married (1783) to Christiana Charlotte Margaret de Stöcken. LL.D. from Glasgow (1752). Secretary to the Embassay at Paris (1749-1751). Minister at the Hague (1751-1761). MP for East Grinstead (1751-1761). MP for Dover (1761-74). MP for Grampound (1774-1780). British Ambassador to the States General (Holland) (1761-1780). Created Baron Dover in 1788.1
- 1. Sources include The Complete Peerage of the United Kingdom, and the Gentleman's Magazine, August 1761, according to which Yorke was appointed His Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the States General on 4th. August.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell was introduced to Sir Joseph at the Hague on December 25, 1763, and met him several times over the next 7-8 months.