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.
A Doctor who in 1762-63 had a practice in Pall Mall, London. He was married to Mary and had a son, George Douglas.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell stayed with Douglas for the first week of his 1762-3 stay in London. Later on he was a frequent houseguest, and it was also Douglas who treated Boswell for Gonorrhea "by confining the patient to his room, rest, skimpy diet, medicines and bloodletting."1 It was on January 20, 1763 that Boswell was diagnosed with Gonorrhea after his affair with Louisa Lewis. One of the bloodlettings is mentioned on January 30, 1763.
During his stay with them in November 1762, Boswell quickly tired of Mrs. Douglas who apparently talked too much2. He seems to have warmed towards her later on - on January 8, 1763 he apparently met her at the Goulds' where the two of them "chatted away with much vivacity".
- 1. http://www.royalprovincial.com/military/courts/cmfitzintro.htm
- 2. Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 November 19 and 24, 1762