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.
Maria Frederica van ReedeBorn 1748
Daughter of Frederick William de Ginkell van Reede (d. 1747), 4th Earl of Athlone, and Louisa Isabella Hermelina van Wassenaar (d. 1756). Married (1769) to Count Sigismund Pieter Alexander von Heiden (1740-1806). Sister of Arend Willem van Reede and Frederick Christian Rhynhart de Ginkell, 5th Earl of Athlone.
Life with Boswell:
Boswell was at Mademoiselle de Reede's on February 11, 1764. Despite her being only 15, she was probably the principal female representative of the van Reede family, her mother and aunt having died prior to this time. Boswell didn't describe Mademoiselle de Reede, but wrote that he himself was "gay, yet had dignity" when he met her.