A Treatise on the Art of Decyphering, and of Writing in Cypher: With an Harmonic Alphabet

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W. Brown, 1772 - Ciphers - 112 pages
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Page 43 - IF the musical instrument that is used to this purpose, be able to express the ordinary notes, not only according to their different tones, but their times also, then may each letter of the alphabet be rendered by a single sound. Whence it will follow, that a man may frame a language, consisting only of tunes and such inarticulate sounds, as no letters can express.
Page 44 - ... his female pupil, not only how to play upon an inftrument, but how to play the fool at the fame time, and impofe upon her parents or guardians, by hearkening to his folly, impertinence, or wickednefs. When a...
Page 75 - ... which allusion has been made, is not a pictured series, but the things themselves which were employed as symbols to communicate a message of defiance. When Darius Hystaspes had long been carrying on a fruitless war against the Scythians, the enemy sent him a present consisting of a bird, a mouse, a frog, and a bundle of arrows; intimating thereby, that till the Persians could fly through the air like birds, live in the earth like field-mice, or under the water like frogs, they need not hope to...
Page 44 - ... it is to convey any meaning, but that which is obvious ; and I am perfuaded an alphabet of mufical notes may be fo contrived, that the notes...
Page 42 - ... and little finger, must be made full of little notches, at a quarter of an inch distant from each other ; and these notches will inform the writer, by his little finger dropping from notch to notch, how to avoid running one letter into another. When he comes to the end of the line, he...
Page 23 - ... four letters are so spelled. It is probable the vowels e or o are these ; as meet, feel, good, book, look, &c. In polysyllables, where a double character appears in the middle of a word, it is for the most part a consonant ; and if so the preceding letter...
Page 29 - Cypher it selfe bee sure and impossible to be decypher'd, yet the matter is liable to examination and question; unless the Cypher be such, as may be voide of all suspition, or may elude all examination. As for the shifting off examination, there is ready prepared a new and profitable invention to this purpose; which, seeing it is easily procured, to what end should we report it, as Deficient. The invention is this: That you have two sorts of Alphabets, one of true letters, the other of Non-significants...
Page 96 - ... which being fixed to the doors of the churches, were foon taken down, and the contents of them perfectly underftood, by thofe who knew from whom they came, by fome particular marks.
Page 85 - I am convinced that a good compofer of mufic, either by framing the harmony by the alphabet, or the alphabet by the harmony,, may not only render every note active, but by...
Page 90 - Wilkins juft hints at the method of writing by mufical notes, and he is the only writer, I believe, who ever mentioned this method; though I think I have...

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