Detail View: LUNA: Folger Manuscript Transcriptions Collection: Miscellaneous receipts [manuscript].

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Miscellaneous receipts [manuscript].
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bulk: 1709-1727?
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page 10
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FSL collection
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10 Secret Wayes of Writing. Rx Sal armoniack & dissolve it in water & write with it, & the letters will not appear legible but by the fire; the same of the iuyce of onions, lemmons & oth er acids. Rx allom & dissolve it in water & write with it, & the letters are not legible till the [water] paper is dipt in water. R the white of an Egg well beaten, & write with it, & lett it dry well, then black the paper all ov er with Ink & lett th is dry; then after scrape it over gently with a knife, & it will fall off from those places where the words before were written. Letters made wi th milk, urine or fatt, cannnot be read till dust be cast upon th em . The secrecy of writing whi ch consists in the form of it, is when the words or letters are so framed tha t they are not of ordinary Significa ti on; this may be done either by the Co m m on letters or by invented notes & characters. 1. By the Co m m on letters, & this by changine either of their place of their powers; by by allowing their places, as all the oriental languages are read backward; this by allowing their places, lines or letters or all of them, obscurities may be found or agreed upon by two or more parties; & among those the key Character is the best, & impossible to be decyphered, especially if you invert the Alphabet or begin it wi th any other letter. there is yet a better way of writing wi th a double alphabet & mixing it wi th two letters transposed through 5. places, th is is the highest way of cyphering & to be pre ferred before any oth er. There is a way of Secret writing by invented Characters, where by points, lines, triangles, obelisks, Cubes &c.
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