The Beale Ciphers is the name given to the figure of Thomas J. Beale, a figure that remains partly still mysterious. It should also be noted that this story is subject to caution, many elements leaving a doubt about its veracity.
The story begins in January 1820 in Lynchburg, Virginia in the United States. Thomas J. Beale moved to the hotel of the city, property of Robert Morriss. After a few weeks, he leaves. Two years later, at the same time, he moved back to the hotel. Having made friends with Morriss, he entrusts her with a locked iron box and asks her to keep it. A few weeks later, Morriss received a letter from Beale. He explains to him that the chest contains important information about his fortune and that of his comrades, and he gives precise instructions to Morriss: if no one comes to claim this chest within ten years, he must open it. He will find inside a few letters addressed to him, but also three encrypted letters, which require a key to be comprehensible. This key, he will receive it by mail, a friend being in charge to post it from June 1832. Morriss waits, but nobody comes, and he does not receive the promised mail. He then retains the sealed chest.
But in 1845, he decides to find out more and opens the safe. He discovers a clear letter, which explains the story of Beale and his comrades. As they hunt the buffalo north of Santa Fe, they fall by chance on a gold and silver deposit. They hurry to exploit it, then decide to go to put it in a safe place, the spoils being considerable. Beale is then charged with a dual mission: to hide the booty and to find a way to allow the families to touch their share of the booty, if it happens to the members of the expedition. Beale having concealed the booty, he entrusts the trunk to Morriss for this precise purpose, and to avoid any attempt at theft, he leaves three encrypted letters: the first indicates the location of the treasure, the second lists its contents, and the third Establishes the list of beneficiaries


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