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.
Frederick Henry Eugen, Prince of Anhalt-DessauBorn Dec 27, 1705 in Dessau
Died Mar 02, 1781 in Dessau
Son of Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau (1676-1747) and Anna Luise Föhse (1677-1745).
He entered into Prussian military service in 1717, and from 1736 to 1739 was Chef des Korps of the 1st Prussian Horse Regiment. In 1743 he left Prussian service, and joined the Austrian army under Prince Karl of Lothringen as a volunteer. In 1746 he entered into the service of the Kingdom of Saxony, where he eventually became Governor of Wittenberg and, later, Field Marshall.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell was introduced to Prince Eugene at Dessau on September 29, 1764, and described him as "a Saxon general, and a most curious figure, quite a countenance of the last age, venerable and yet queer. Had he been hung up on the side of the room, you would have sworn it was a portrait by a master long since dead."