As long as a key is available, a substitution cipher is a safe, simple way to encrypt a message. The trouble with Thomas J. Beale’s ciphers, however, is that we. More than a century ago, a small pamphlet was published titled “The Beale Papers,” which contained three cipher texts. The mysterious codes supposedly gave. The world first learned of the Beale ciphers in with the limited publication of a pamphlet in Lynchburg, Virginia entitled The Beale Papers: Containing.

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The Quest to Break America’s Most Mysterious Code—And Find $60 Million in Buried Treasure

Ward is thus not “the friend”. The key and decoding directions were to be mailed to Robert Morriss after a period of ten bealee.

But when I spoke to Easterling over the phone last fall, he sounded resigned. The reasons are simple and easily told; it was imperative upon us that some one here should be selected to carry out our wishes in case of accident to ourselves, and your reputation as a man of the sternest integrity, unblemished honor, and business capacity, influenced them to select you in place of others better known, but perhaps, not so reliable as yourself.

That said, beal people’s “solutions” made Thomas J.

The box was left in my hands in the Spring ofand by authority of his letter, I should have examined its contents inten years thereafter, having heard nothing from Beale in the meantime; but it was not untilsome twenty-three years after it came into my possession, that I decided upon opening it.

Choose the wrong version and your solution will resemble alphabet soup.

Beale ciphers

Having assumed the responsibilities and consented to the requirements of Mr. The second cipher can be cracked by taking the United States Declaration of Independencenumbering the words, and the assigning each number to the first letter in that word. Having now lost all hope of benefit from this source himself, he is not ciphees that others may receive it, and only hopes that the prize may fall to some poor, but honest man, who will use his discovery not solely for the promotion of his own enjoyment, but for the welfare of others.


Morriss was not as he designed it – a blessing in disguise. Inan organization he kickstarted—later called the Beale Cipher Association, or B. To enable my readers to understand the paper “No.

But, when stopping at Buford’s tavern, it was discovered that the cave was too frequently visited by the neighboring farmers, who used it to store their vegetables. Stopping at Buford’s, where we remained for a month, under pretense of hunting etc. Though all were at work, there was nothing like order or method in their plans, and my first efforts were to systematize our operations, and reduce everything to order.

The Beale Ciphers

Nothing was below it. Take the cipher [87 ]. To do this was the task to which I now devoted myself, and with but partial success. Amongst his guests and devoted personal friends Jackson, Clay, Coles, Witcher, Chief Justice Marshall, and a host of others scarcely less distinguished, might be enumerated.

In consequence of the time lost in the above investigation, Bele have been clphers from comparative affluence to absolute penury, entailing suffering upon those it was my duty to protect, and this, too, in spite of their remonstrances. In he entrusted the box to a Lynchburg innkeeper named Robert Morriss.

Shades blanketed the windows and a wad of paper was plugged into the door’s keyhole. Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The UnMuseum – The Beale Papers – Original Text

Until the writer lost all hope of ultimate success, he toiled faithfully at his work; unlike any other pursuit with practical and natural results, a charm cipheers it, independent of the ultimate benefit he expected, and the possibility of success lent an interest and excitement to the work not to be resisted.


The letter, or paper, so often alluded to, and marked “2,” which is fully explained by the foregoing document, is as follows: His character soon became universally known, and he was no longer troubled by impertinence. An interesting crypto observation on the codes. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The man explained that Jesus had revealed the location of the treasure in a dream.

Deconstructing the Rothschild Conspiracy. Being assured of a comfortable provision for themselves and their horses, Beale stated his intention of remaining for the winter, should nothing occur to alter his plans, but that the gentlemen accompanying clphers would leave in a few days for Richmond, near which place they resided, and that they were anxious to reach their homes, from which they had long been absent.

It appears that when the left Santa Fiphers they pursued a northerly course for some days, being successful in finding an abundance of game, which they secured, and were on the eve of returning when they discovered on their left an cihpers herd of buffaloes, heading for a valley just perceptible in the distance.

His companions, too, must all have shared his fate, as no one has ever demanded the box or claimed his effects.

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