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Governor Donnelly's Cipher

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There exists in the public miud considerable misapprehension as to the eal character oí Gov. Uonnelly's book, "The Great Cryptogram." Thefollowng extracta from a letter of Gov. Donnelly to a correspondent in England, ecently pubhshed in the journalof the 3acon Society of London, will thereore, be found of general interest: "If the Cipher were nothing more han the infernal history of the Plays and of Bacoirs life, it would be ïnensely interesting; but it is more than hat. It is the history of the latter part of Elizabeth's reign, with all its plots and conspiracies. and their effects on great nistorical events. As I take it, it s Bacon's appeal to posterity, and nis mpalement, for all the ages, of those vho had so cruelly suppressed and persecuted and humiliated him. A terrible revenge: The gall and bitternesa of a tortured life, embalmed in poetry and the merriment of comedies. He was not only a creator, like proyidence, but, hke providerjce, he left his veins ot secret meaning running bidden tbrough the texture of his work. "VVhy should I assfirt that I have 'ound such a cipher - not a hop-skipand-jump cipher, but a mathematically accurate rule- if I have notV If I pubished a book that was a fraud or a deusion, the few copies which might be sold bef ore the truth was discovered would surely not compénsate me for the eveilasling shame and ridicule which would f all upon me. Can anyone beieve that I would coucoct a delibérate ie, which only a few montlis would exjlodeV And for what? jSiot for notoristy; I have euough of that already . Is it to be believed that I would imperil whatever little honor I may have gained in my exceptionally successful books, Atlantis' and 'Ragnarok' by a pretendfed claim to a great discovery. "As 1 work, the marvel grows upon me how any humau brain could have jeeninjieniousenough to construct such a wonderful mosaicwork. These Plays I think I told you before) are that 'pinnacle of humau industry' to which Bacon alludes enigmatically in bis acnowledged writinfts, when he asks that the reader "will not be appalled bj' them" (I quote from memory,) "considering the great experience that was had." The publication of t'ie Cipher and my wörk will place Bacon upon an unapproachable heigüt in human estimation, as not only the Irst of men, intellectually, but, as you know, with a vast gap betvveen him and the second."


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