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1835-1846 - Strand (Covent Garden)

Forger Count [Rinaldo] Ottavio degli Albizzi was born in 1804 in Florence. A cavalry officer in the army of Charles X of France, he was wounded in Paris fighting against the insurgents of July 1830. By January 1835 he was in London and claimed acquaintance with several aristocratic and political figures. In April 1835, at St Mary le Strand Church, he married Mary Sophia Haywood, daughter of Martin Haywood of Southey Hall. The Albizzis were living in Hay Park in 1836. They moved to Shrewsbury where Ottavio taught French. A serious dispute with the editor of the Salopian Journal made his position in town untenable and the family returned to London. He was unable to find a suitable position and he entered into a conspiracy with Dutch writer Elzelina van Aylde Jonge, who called herself Mme Ida Saint-Elme (known as: La Contemporaine), proposing to sell the British government a collection of letters purportedly implicating Louis Philippe in plots against Britain. They were forgeries. By 1846 Albizzi had returned to Florence, where he died in July 1851.

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