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.
Arend Willem de Ginkel van ReedeBorn May 25, 1747 in s'Gravenhage
Died Jun 07, 1815 in Berlin
Son of Frederick William de Ginkell van Reede (d. 1747), 4th Earl of Athlone, and Louisa Isabella Hermelina van Wassenaar (d. 1756). Brother of Frederick Christian Rhynhart de Ginkell, 5th Earl of Athlone.1 Married (1769) to Heylwich Adriana Amarantha van Lynden (1740-1773), dau of Caspar Anthony van Lynden. Married (1791) to Wilhelmina von Krusemarck, dau of Freiherr Hans Friedrich von Krusemarck. Van Reede was at some time a close personal friend of Belle de Zuylen's.
- 1. The Earldom of Athlone, Ireland had been conferred upon their ancestor Godard van Reede (1644-1722) by William III.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell and Reede dined together at Archibald Maclaine's on December 24, 1763. Boswell recorded part of the dinner conversation, at which Reede said that "[Belle] de Zuylen is very likable. She writes verses, but she is not ill natured. She jests..."
Boswell spent some time in Reede's company during his visit to The Hague in 1764 as well.