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.
Friedrich Leopold KircheisenBorn 1749
Son of Karl David Kircheisen. Like his father, Kircheisen sought political office, and eventually succeeded to the post of Prussian minister of justice and even prime minister (1814-?).
The von was added to his name upon his ennoblement in 1798.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell met young Kircheisen when, on July 9, 1764, he took lodgings in the house of the Kircheisen's. His first impression was that young Kircheisen was lively. They saw a lot more of each other for the duration of Boswell's stay in Berlin. On July 26, Boswell and Kircheisen went with C. F. Hübner to the Garden of Corsica.