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.
Marie-Charlotte Hippolyte de Campet de SaujonBorn 1724
Married (1746) to Édouard de Boufflers-Rouverel (d. 1763), Marquis de Boufflers. Mother of Louis Edouard. Mistress of Louis François I de Bourbon, Prince of Conti.
She was a friend and correspondent of several literary, musical and philosophical figures of mid-18th century Europe, including Jean-Jacques Rosseau, d'Alembert, Mozart, and, from 1761, David Hume, and she was generally considered "one of the greatest ladies of eighteenth-century France, famous for her beauty and intelligence."1
- 1. Chappell, V.C. (1963). The Philosophy of David Hume, p. ix-x.
Life with Boswell: