From 1777 to 1783 James Boswell was a columnist for the London Magazine, writing a total of seventy essays under the pseudonym the Hypochondriack.
Johannes David HahnBorn Jul 09, 1729 in Heidelberg
Died Mar 09, 1784 in Leyden
Professor of Philosophy and Natural Sciences at the University of Utrecht (1753-1775), and Director of the Botanical Garden at the same place (1759-1775). Professor of medicine and chemistry at the University of Leyden (1775-?). According to Boswell in Holland 1763-64 he was the sometime physician to Belle de Zuylen.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell heard Hahn lecture about Nitre (a chemical used for the making of gunpowder) at Utrecht on January 19, 1764. On April 8 Boswell supped at the professor's with whom he also met on May 21. On this last occasion, Hahn "told stories of Rücker's forgetting law, and officer hearing voices blaspheming".