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.
Anne ErskineBorn Feb 18, 1735
Died Mar 18, 1802
Life with Boswell:
Especially in his 20s, Boswell was a close friend of Anne's brother, Andrew, and he became a close friend of the much of the Erskine family. On October 30, 1762, he described Anne as having "an elegance of form, a sweetness of manners, and a good share of wit". She arrived in London with her sister Elizabeth, brother Andrew and Jean Dempster on December 1, 1762, a few weeks after Boswell's own arrival there, and stayed in London with her sister for several months in 1762-3.