Thomas Beale Treasure...Beale's letter stated the box contained papers which are unintelligible
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Such a key I have left in the hands of a friend in this place, sealed, addressed to yourself and endorsed not to be delivered until June 1832." That was the last Morriss heard from Beale.

Carl Hammer, using computer, has spent 35 years trying to break Beale ciphers.

In 1845, 23 years after receiving it, Morriss opened the box. "I had the lock broken," he later testified, "and, with the exception of two letters addressed to myself, and some old receipts, found only some unintelligible papers covered with figures. ..."

The unintelligible figures turned out to be three ciphers. According to Beale's letters to Morriss, the first cipher described the exact location of the treasure.

Cipher Number Two described the contents of the vault and Number Three listed the names and addresses of the people involved.

Seven teen years later, a year before he died, Morriss handed the box and its contents ,over to James Ward, a trusted family friend.

A gentleman of independent means, Ward worked day and night on the codes until he finally succeeded in breaking Cipher Number Two by using a key based on the Declaration of Independence.

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