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.
Karl David KircheisenBorn Jun 03, 1704 in Dresden
Died Dec 28, 1770 in Berlin
Life with Boswell:
Boswell was introduced to Kircheisen, described as "a hearty cordial saxon", on July 9, 1764, and, with a recommendation from banker Johann Jacobb Schickler, he rented an apartment in Kircheisen's house for the duration of his stay in Berlin.
Boswell quickly came on very good terms with the family, and on July 18, 1764 wrote in his journal that "Herr President embraced me with cordiality and cried, "My dear Englishman, no man ever had a better heart. Your being sent to my house was an act of Providence."