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.
Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1763. Boswell met him in the coach to Oxford on April 23, 1763, but does not tell us anything else about him. Pottle suggests that it may be a Mr. Richard Hawkins, whereas Gordon Turnbull believes it is probably Thomas Hawkins.1
According to Gentleman's Magazine, December 1764, a Hawkins died on November 14, 1764, who was described as Reverend, Rector of Begbrook & Duns Tew, Oxfordshire, Chaplain of Magdalen Coillege. A Thomas Hawkins is listed as Chaplain of Magdalen College 1754-1772.2 Gentleman's Magazine of June 1751 mentions the appointment of one Reverend Hawkins as Professor of Poetry to Oxford University, and according to subscription lists a Reverend Hawkins of Magdalen College subscribed to A Treatise on Peace of Soul, and Content of Mind in 1765.
- 1. See Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763, the 1950 and 2010 editions respectively
- 2. http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/libraries-and-archives/archives/online-catalogues/hawkins-papers