See what it was like to be a member of the Culper Spy Ring, as you decode the documents below. All of the following transcriptions are from real documents pertaining to the historic war.
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Documents with no symbols next to their titles may be decrypted by using the information on this geocache listing.
*Quote: September 22, 1776*
“I (1198.3.38) that (654.3.23) (599.3.17) but (945.1.36) (769.2.42) to (783.2.33) for my country”
Letter: August 15, 1779
Abraham Woodhull, alias Culper Sr.,
to General George Washington
“Every (letter) is opened at the entrance of (New) (York) and every man is searched, that for the future every (letter) must be (written) with the (ink) received”
*Culper Sr. is referring to invisible ink
?Letter: July 10, 1779?
General George Washington
to Major Benjamin Tallmadge
“There can be (188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206) any need of (220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124) the (126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52) (184.108.40.206.5.12.8) and (220.127.116.11.3.6.21) in a (18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124) so critical and (126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52).”
*Letter: July 15, 1780*
to Major John Andre
“If I point out a plan by which S.H. shall possess (1672.3.8) (1081.3.2) (1514.2.16) (1462.1.6) (1099.2.27+s) I think it will be a cheap purchase… for an object of so much importance.”
*Letter: Summer 1780*
General George Washington
to Major Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee
“(1153.2.31) (1157.3.27) is the sole (932.3.43) in view.”
Letter: Fall 1781
Sir Henry Clinton
to General Charles Cornwallis
“I am doing in my to you of a
Letter: July 5, 1782
to James Madison
“I wish that on future (184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.11) on speaking of (18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.19.9.17) we may use the (126.96.36.199.2.16) we were taught by Mr. Lovell. Let the (188.8.131.52.12.16.10) be the name of the negro boy who used to wait on our (184.108.40.206.12.12) friend.”
*Madison noted at the bottom of Randolph’s letter, “Probably CUPID.”
N 40° 58.ABC W 073° 45.DEF
A: The number of vowels in the first document minus 7
B: The number of "T"s in the second document minus the number of "K"s
C: Count how many words in the third document have four vowels. Double that
D: The number of vowels in the fourth document
E: Multiply the number of "P"s in the fifth document by 4. Then add the number of "J"s
F: The number of vowels in the seventh document minus the number of vowels in the sixth document. Subtract 4 from that.
*Note: The directions refer to the missing words only. When counting the number of vowels, for example, only include the vowels that were encrypted.
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