1819 AND 1821
BUFORDS, IN BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA,
WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN RECOVERED.
VIRGINIAN BOOK AND JOB PRINT,
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1885, by J. B. Ward,
in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
The following details of an incident that happened many years ago, but which has lost none of its interest on that account,
are now given to the public for the first time.
Until now, for reasons which will be apparent to everyone, all knowledge of this affair was confined to a very limited
circle- the writers immediate family, and to one old and valued friend, upon whose discretion he could always rely. Nor was
it ever intended to travel beyond that circle. But circumstances over which he had no control, pecuniary embarrassments of
a pressing character, and duty to a
dependent family requiring his undivided attention, force him to abandon a task to which he has devoted the best years
of his life, but which seems as far from accomplishment as at the start. He is, therefore, compelled, however unwillingly,
to relinquish to others the elucidation of the Beale Papers, not doubting that of the many who will give the subject attention,
some one, through fortune or accident, will speedily solve their mystery and secure the prize which has eluded him.
It can be readily imagined that this course was not determined upon all at once. Regardless of the entreaties of his
family and the persistent advice of his friends, who were formerly as sanguine as himself, he stubbornly continued his investigations,
until absolute want stared him in the face and forced him to yield to their persuasions. Having now lost all hope of benefit
from this source to himself, he is not unwilling that others may receive it, and only hopes that the prize may fall to some
poor, but honest man, who will use his discovery not solely for the promotion of his own enjoyment, but for the welfare of
Until the writer lost all hope of ultimate success, he toiled faithfully at his work. Unlike any other pursuit with practical
and natural results, a charm attended it, independent of the ultimate benefit he expected; and the possibility of success
lent an interest and excitement to the work not to be resisted.
It would be difficult to portray the delight he experienced when accident revealed to him the explanation of paper marked
"No. 2". Unmeaning, as this had hitherto been, it was now fully explained, and no difficulty was apprehended in
mastering the others. But this accident, affording so much pleasure at the time, was a most unfortunate one for him, as it
induced him to neglect family, friends, and all legitimate pursuits for what has proved, so far, the veriest illusion.
It will be seen by a perusal of Mr. Beales letter to Mr. Morriss that he promised, under certain contingencies, such as
failure to see or communicate with him in a given time, to furnish a key by which the papers would be fully explained.
As the failure to do either actually occurred, and the promised explanation has never been received, it may possibly remain
in the hands of some relative or friend of Beales, or some other person engaged in the enterprise with him. That they would
attach no importance to a seemingly unintelligible writing seems quite natural; but their attention being called to them by
the publication of this narrative, may result in eventually bringing to light the missing papers.
Mr. Beale, who deposited with Mr. Morriss the papers which form the subject of this history, is described as being a gentleman
well educated, evidently of good family, and with popular manners. What motivates could have influenced him and so many others
to risk their health and their lives in such an undertaking, except the natural love of daring adventure, with its consequent
excitement, we can only conjecture.
We may suppose, and indeed we have his word for so doing, that they were infatuated with the dangers, and with the wild
and roving character of their lives, the charms of which lured them farther and farther from civilization, until their lives
were sacrificed to their temerity. This was the opinion of Mr. Morriss, and in this way only can we account for the fact
that the treasure for which they sacrificed so much, constituting almost fabulous wealth, lies abandoned and unclaimed for
more than half a century.
Should any of my readers be more fortunate than myself in discovering its place of concealment, I shall not only rejoice
with them, but also feel that I have at least accomplished something in contributing to the happiness of others.
The Late Robert Morriss
Robert Morriss, the custodian of the Beale Papers, was born in 1778 in the state of Maryland, but removed at an early
age, with his family, to Loudoun County, Virginia, where, in 1803, he married Miss Sarah Mitchell, a fine looking and accomplished
young lady of that county.
In obtaining such a wife Mr. Morriss was peculiarly fortunate, as her subsequent career fully demonstrated. As a wife
she was without reproach, as a generous and sympathizing woman she was without an equal-the poor will long remember her charities,
and lament the friend they have lost.
Shortly after his removal to Lynchburg Mr. Morriss engaged in the mercantile business, and shortly thereafter he became
a purchaser and shipper of tobacco to an extent hitherto unknown in this section. In these pursuits he was eminently successful
for several years, and speedily accumulated a comfortable independence.
It was during this period of his success that Mr. Morriss erected the first brick building of which the town could boast,
and which still stands on Main Street, a monument to his enterprise. Hid private residence, the house now owned and occupied
by Max Guggenheimer, Esquire, at the head of Main Street, I think he also built. There the most unbounded hospitality reigned,
and every facility for enjoyment was furnished. The elite of the town assembled there are now living some whose pleasant
recollections are associated with that period.
The happiness of Mr. Morriss, however, was of short duration, for reverses came when they were least expected. Heavy
purchases of tobacco, at ruinous figures, in anticipation of an upward market, which visions were never realized, swept from
him in a moment the savings of years, and left him nothing save his honor and the sincere sympathy of the community, with
which to begin the battle anew.
It was at this time that Mrs. Morriss exhibited the loveliest traits of her character. Seemingly unmindful of her condition,
with a smiling face and cheering words, she so encouraged her husband that he became almost reconciled to his fate.
Thrown thus upon his own resources, by the advice of his wife, Mr. Morriss leased for a term of years the Washington Hotel,
known now as the Arlington, on Church Street, and commended the business of hotel keeping. His kind disposition, strict probity,
excellent management, and well ordered household, soon rendered him famous as a host, and his reputation extended even to
other States. His was the house par excellence of the town, and no fashionable assemblages met at any other.
Finding, in a few years, that his experiment was successful and his business remunerative, he removed to the Franklin
Hotel, now the Norvell House, the largest and best arranged in the city. This house he conducted for many years, enjoying
the friendship and countenance of the first men of the country. Amongst his guests and devoted friends were Jackson, Clay,
Coles, Witcher, Chief Justice Marshall, and a host of others scarcely less distinguished might be enumerated.
But it was not the wealthy and distinguished alone who appreciated Mr. Morriss. The poor and lowly had blessings for
the man who sympathized with their misfortunes, and was ever ready to relieve their distress. Many poor but worthy families,
whose descendants are now in our midst, can remember the fact that his table supplied their daily food, not for days and weeks
only, but for months at a time. And, as a further instance of his forbearance and unparalleled generosity, there are now
living those who will testify to the fact that he permitted a boarder, in no way connected with him, to remain in his house
for more than twenty years, and until he died, without ever receiving the slightest remuneration, and that he was never made
to feel otherwise than as a favored guest.
In manner Mr. Morriss was courteous and gentle; but when occasion demanded he could be stern and determined, too. He
was emphatically the master of his house, and from his decision there was no appeal. As an old Virginia gentleman, he was
sans peur et sans reproche, and to a remarkable extent, possessed the confidence and affection of his friends.
After a checquered and eventful life of more than eighty years, passed mostly in business, which brought him in contact
with all classes of people, he died, lamented by all, and leaving not an enemy behind. His death, which occurred in 1863,
was just two years subsequent to his wife. It can be truly said that no persons ever lived in a community for such a length
of time who accomplished more good during their lives, or whose death was more universally regretted.
It was the unblemished character of the man, and the universal confidence reposed in him, that induced Beale to entrust
him with his secret, and, in certain contingencies, select him for a most important post. That his confidence was not misplaced
every on remembering Mr. Morriss will acknowledge.
It was in 1862, the second year of the Confederate war, that Mr. Morriss first intimated the possession of a secret that
was detained to make some persons wealthy. At first he was not very communicative, nor did I press him to reveal what he
seemed to speak of with reluctance. In a few weeks, however, his mind seemed changed, and he voluntarily proffered his confidence.
Inviting me to his room, with no one to interrupt us, he gave me an outline of the matter, which soon enlisted my interest
and created and intense longing to learn more. About this time, however, affairs of importance required my presence in Richmond,
and prevented further communication between us until after my return, when I found Mr. Morriss ready to resume the interesting
subject. A private interview was soon arranged, and, after several preliminaries had been complied with, the papers upon
which this history is based were delivered into my possession.
The reasons which influenced Mr. Morriss in selecting me for the trust he gave, and were, in substance, as follows: benefit
if he could. Second, the knowledge that I was young and in circumstances to afford leisure for the task imposed. And, finally,
a confidence that I would regard his instructions and carry out his wishes regarding his charge. These, and perhaps others,
he gave during our frequent conversations upon the subject; and, doubtless, he believed he was conferring a favor which would
redound greatly to my advantage. That it has proved otherwise is a misfortune to me, but no fault of his.
The conditions alluded to above were that I should devote as much time as was practicable to the papers he had given me;
master, if possible, their contents, and if successful in deciphering their meaning and eventually finding the treasure, to
appropriate one-half of his portion as a remuneration for my services, the other half to be distributed to certain relatives
and connexions of his own, whose names he gave me; the remainder to be held by me in trust for the benefit of such claimants
as might at any time appear and be able to authenticate their claims. This latter amount to be left intact subject to such
demands for the space of twenty years, when, if still unclaimed, it should revert to myself or heirs, as a legacy from himself.
As there was nothing objectionable in this, the required promise was given, and the box and contents were placed in my
When the writer recalls his anxious hours, his midnight vigils, his toil, his hopes and disappointments, all consequent
upon this promise, he can only conclude that the legacy of Mr. Morriss was not as he designed it-a blessing in disguise.
Having assumed the responsibilities and consented to the requirements of Mr. Morriss, I determined to devote a much time
to the accomplishment of the ask as could be consistently spared from other duties. With this purpose in view I requested
from Mr. Morriss a statement of every particular connected with the affair or having the slightest bearing upon it, together
with such views and opinions of his own as might ultimately benefit me in my researches. In reply he gave me the following,
which I reduced to writing and filed with the papers for future reference:
It was the month of January, 1820, while keeping the Washington Hotel, that I first saw and became acquainted with Beale.
In company with two others he came to my house seeking entertainment for himself and friends. Being assured of a comfortable
provision for themselves and their horses, Beale stated his intention of remaining for the winter, should nothing occur to
alter his plans, but that the gentleman accompanying him would leave in a few days for Richmond, near which place they resided;
and that they were anxious to reach their homes, from which they had long been absent. They all appeared to be gentlemen,
and with a free and independent air, which rendered them peculiarly attractive. After remaining a week or ten days the two
left, with expressions of satisfaction with their visit. Beale, who remained, soon became a favored and popular guest. His
social disposition and friendly demeanor rendered him extremely popular with every one, particularly the ladies, an a pleasant
and friendly intercourse was quickly established between them.
"In person Beale was about six feet in height, with jet black eyes, and hair of the same color, worn longer than
the style of that time. His form was symmetrical and gave evidence of unusual strength and activity. But his distinguishing
feature was a dark and swarthy complexion, as if much exposure to the sun and weather had thoroughly tanned and discolored
This, however, did not detract from his appearance; and I thought him the handsomest man I had ever seen. Altogether,
he was a model of manly beauty, favored by the ladies and envied by men. To the first he was reverentially tender and polite;
to the latter, affable and courteous when they kept within bounds, but, if they were supercilious or presuming, the lion was
aroused, and woe to the man who offended him. Instances of that character occurred more than once while he was my guest,
and always resulted in his demanding and receiving an apology. His character soon became universally known, and he was no
longer troubled by impertinence.
"Such a man was Thomas J. Beale, as he appeared in 1820, and in his subsequent visits to my house. He registered
simply from Virginia, but I am of the impression he was some western portion of the state. Curiously enough, he never adverted
to his family or to his antecedents, nor did I question him concerning them, and I would have done had I dreamed of the interest
that in the future would attach to his name.
"He remained with me until about the latter end of the following March, when he left, with the same friends who first
accompanied him to my house and who had returned some days before.
"After this I heard nothing from him until January, 1822, when he once more made his appearance, the same genial
and popular gentleman as before, but, if possible, darker and swarthier than ever. His welcome was a genuine one, as all
wee delighted to see him.
"In the Spring, at about the same time, he again left, but before doing so, handed to me this box, which, as he said,
contained papers of value and importance, and which he desired to leave in my charge until called for hereafter. Of course,
I did not decline to receive them, but little imagined their importance until his letter from St. Louis was received. This
letter I carefully preserved, and it will be given with these papers.
The box was of iron, carefully locked, and of such weight as to render it a safe depository for articles of value. I
placed it in a safe and secure place, where it could no the disturbed until such time as it should be demanded by its owner.
The letter I alluded to above was the last communication I ever received from Beale, and I never saw him again. I can
only suppose that he was killed by Indians, afar from his home, though nothing was heard of his death. His companions, too,
must all have shared his fate as no one has ever demanded the box or claimed his effects.
The box was left in my hands in the Spring of 1822, and, by authority of his letter, I should have examined its contents
in 1832, tens years thereafter, having heard nothing from Beale in the meantime. But it was not until 1845, some 23 years
after it came into my possession, that I decided upon opening it. During that year I had the lock broken, and, with the exception
of the two letters to myself, and some old receipts, found only some unintelligible papers, covered with figures, and totally
incomprehensible to me.
"According to his letter these papers convey all the information necessary to find the treasure he has concealed,
and upon you devolves the responsibility of recovering it. Should you succeed you will be amply reimbursed for your work,
and others near and dear to me will likewise be benefited. The end is worth all your exertions, and I have every hop that
success will reward your efforts.
Such, in substance, was the statement of Mr. Morriss in answer to the carious interrogatories propounded to him. And,
finding that I could elicit no further information, I resolved to do the best I could with the limited means my disposal.
I commenced by reading over and over again the letters to Mr. Morriss, endeavoring to impress each syllable they contained
on my memory, and to extract from them, if possible, some meaning or allusion that might give, perhaps, a faint or barely
perceptible hint as a guide. No such clew, however, could I find, and where or how to commence was a problem I found most
difficult to solve.
To systematize a plan for my work I arranged the papers in the order of their length, and numbered them, designing to
commence with the first and devote my whole attention to that until I had either unraveled its meaning or was convinced of
its impossibility-afterwards to take up the others, and proceed as before.
All of this I did in the course of time, but failed so completely, that my hopes of solving the mystery were well nigh
abandoned. My thoughts, however, were constantly upon it, and the figures in each paper, in their regular order, were fixed
in my memory. My impression was that each figure represented a letter, but as the numbers so greatly exceeded the letters
of the alphabet, I wondered if it were possible that some documents had been used, and the words numbered.
With this idea in mind a test was made of every book I could produce, by numbering the letters and comparing their numbers
with those of the manuscript. All to no purpose, however, until the Declaration of Independence afforded the clew to one
of the papers, and revived all of my hopes.
To enable my readers to better understand the explanation of this paper the Declaration of Independence is given here
with the words numbered in consecutive order. I am sure this will be of interest to those designing to follow up my investigations.
When I first made this discovery I thought I had the key to the whole, but soon ascertained that further work was necessary
before my task could be completed. The encouragement afforded, however, by this discovery enabled me to proceed, and I have
persisted in my labors to he present time. Now, as I have already said, I am forced by circumstances to devote my time to
other pursuits, and to abandon hopes which were destined never to be realized.
The following is the letter addressed to Mr. Morriss by Beale and dated St. Louis, May 1822, and was the latest communication
ever received from him:
St.Louis, Mo., May9, 1822.
Robt. Morriss, Esq.,
My esteemed friend:
Ever since leaving my comfortable quarters at your house I have been journeying to this place, and only succeeded in
reaching it yesterday. I have had, altogether, a pleasant time, the weather being fine and the atmosphere bracing. I shall
remain here a week or ten days longer, then ho for the plains, to hunt buffalo and encounter the savage grizzlies. How long
I may be absent I cannot now determine, certainly not less than two years, perhaps longer.
With regard to the box left in your charge I have a few words to say, and, if you will permit me, give you some instructions
concerning it. It contains papers vitally affecting the fortunes of myself and many others engaged in business with me, and
in the event of my death its lost might be irreparable. You will, therefore, see the necessity of guarding it with vigilance
and care to prevent so great a catastrophe. It also contains some letters addressed to yourself and which will be necessary
to enlighten you concerning the business in which we are engaged.
Should none of us ever return you will please reserve carefully the box for a period of ten years from the date of this
later, and if I, or no one with authority from me, during that time demands its restoration, you will open it, which can be
done by removing the lock.
You will find, in addition to the papers addressed to you, other papers which will be unintelligible with out the aid
of a key to assist you. Such a key I have left in the hands of a friend in this place, sealed addressed to yourself, and
endorsed Not to be delivered until June, 1832. By means of this you will understand fully all you will be required to do
I know you will cheerfully comply with this request, thus adding to the many obligations under which you have already
placed me. In the meantime should death or sickness happen to you, to which all are liable, please select from among your
friends some one worthy, and to him hand this letter, and to him delegate your authority.
I have been thus particular I my instructions in consequence of the somewhat perilous enterprise in which we are engaged,
but trust we shall meet long ere the time expires, and so save you this trouble. Be the result what it may, however, the
game is worth the candle and we will play it to the end.
With kindest wishes for your most excellent wife, compliments to the ladies, a good word to enquiring friends, if there
be any, and assurances of my highest esteem for yourself, I remain, as ever,
Your sincere friend,
Tho(s). Jeff (n). Beale.
After the reception for this letter Mr. Morriss states that he was particularly careful to see the box securely placed, where
it could remain in absolute safety so long as the exigencies of the case might require. The letter, too, he was equally careful
to preserve for future use should it be needed.
Having done all that was required of him, Mr. Morriss could only await Beales return, or some communication for him,
In either case he was disappointed, nor did a line or message ever reach him.
During this period rumors of Indian outrages and massacres were current, but no mention of Beales name ever occurred.
What became of him and his companions is left entirely to conjecture. Whether he was slain by Indians, or killed by the
savage animals of the Rocky Mountains, or whether exposure, and perhaps privation, did its work can never be told. One thing
at least is certain, that of the young and gallant band, whose buoyant spirits led them to seek such a life and to forsake
the comforts of home, with all its enjoyments, for the dangers and privations they must necessarily encounter, not a survivor
Though Mr. Morriss was aware of the contents of the box in 1845 it was not until 1862, forty years after he received it,
that he thought proper to mention its existence, and to myself alone did he then divulge it. He had become long since satisfied
that the parties were no longer living, but his delicacy of feeling prevented him assuming as a fact a matter so pregnant
with consequences. He frequently decided upon doing so, and as often delayed it for another time. And when, at last, he
did speak of the matter it was with seeming reluctance, as if he felt he was committing a wrong. But the story once told
he evinced up to the time of his death the greatest interest in my success, and in frequent interviews encouraged me to proceed.
It is now more than twenty years since these papers came into my hands, and, with the exception of one of them, they are
still as incomprehensible as ever. Much time was devoted to this one, and those who engage in the matter will be saved what
has been consumed upon it myself.
Before giving the papers to the public I would say a word to those who may take an interest in them, and give them a little
advice, acquired by bitter experience. It is, to devote only such time as can be spared from your legitimate business to
the task, and, if you can spare no time, let the matter alone. Should you disregard my advice, do not hold me responsible
that poverty you have courted is more easily found than the accomplishment of you wishes, and I would avoid the sight of another
reduced to my condition.
Nor is it necessary to devote the time that I did to this matter, as accident alone, without the promised key, will ever
develop the mystery. If revealed by accident a few hours devoted to the subject may accomplish results which were denied
to years of patient toil. Again, never, as I have done, sacrifice your own and your familys interest to what may prove an
illusion. But, as I have already said, when your days work is done, and you are comfortably seated by your good fire, a short
time devoted to the subject can injure no one, and may bring its reward.
By pursuing this policy your interests will not suffer, your family will be cared for, and your thoughts will not be absorbed
to the exclusion of other important matters. With this admonition I submit to my readers the papers upon which this narrative
The first, in order, is the letter from Beale to Mr. Morriss, which will give the reader a clearer conception of all the
facts connected with the case, and enable him to understand as fully as I myself do the present status of the affair. The
letter is as follows:
Lynchburg, Va., January 4th, 1822.
My dear friend Morriss:
You will, doubtless, be surprised when you discover, from a perusal of this letter, the importance of the trust confided
to you, and the confidence reposed in your honor, by parties whom you have never seen and whose names you have never heard.
The reasons are simple and easily told : It was imperative upon us that someone here should be selected to carry out our
wishes in case of accident to ourselves, and your reputation as a man of integrity, unblemished honor, and business sagacity,
influenced them to select you in place of others better known but, perhaps, not so reliable as yourself.
It was with this design that I first visited your house, two years since, that I might judge by personal observation id
your reputation was merited. To enable me the better to do so I remained with you more than three months, and until I was
fully satisfied, as to your character. This visit was made by the request of my associates, and you can judge from their
actions whether my report was a favorable one.
I will now give you some idea of the enterprise in which we are engaged, and the duties which will be required of you
in connection therewith ; first assuring you, however, that your compensation for the trouble will be ample, as you have been
unanimously made one of our association, and as such are entitled to share equally with the others.
Some five years since I, in connextion with several friends, who, like myself, were fond of adventure, and if mixed with
a little danger all the more acceptable, determined to visit the great Western plains and enjoy in hunting buffalo, grizzly
bears, and such other games as the country would afford. This, at the time, was our sole object, and we at once proceeded
to put it in execution.
On account of Indians and other dangers incident to such an undertaking, we determined to raise a party of not less than
thirty individuals, of good character and standing, who would be pleasant companions and financially able to encounter the
expense. With this object in view each one of us suggested the subject to his several friends and acquaintances, and in a
few weeks the requisite number had signed the conditions and were admitted as members of the party. Some few refused to join
us, being, doubtless, deterred by the danger, but such men we did not want, and were glad of their refusal.
The company being formed, we forthwith commenced our preparations, and, early in April, 1817, left old Virginia for St.
Louis, Mo., where we expected to purchase the necessary outfits, procure a guide and two or three servants; and obtain such
information and advice as might be beneficial hereafter. All was done as intended, and we left St. Louis the19th of May;
to be absent two years, our objective point being Santa Fe, which we intended to reach in the ensuring Fall, and there establish
ourselves in winter quarters.
After leaving St. Louis we were advised by our guide to form a regular military organization, with a captain, to be selected
by the members, to whom should be given sole authority to manage our affairs, and, in case of necessity, ensure united action.
This was agreed to, and each member of party bound himself by a solemn obligation to obey, at all times, the orders of their
captain, or, in event of refusal, to leave the company at once.
This arrangement was to remain in force for two years, or for the period of our expected absence. Tyranny, partiality,
incompetence, or other improper conduct on the part of the captain was to be punished by deposing him from his office if a
majority of the company desired his dismissal. All this being arranged, and a set of laws framed, by which the conduct of
the members was to be regulated, the election was held, and resulted in choosing me as their leader.
It is not my purpose now to give you details of our wanderings, or of the pleasures or dangers encountered. All this I
will reserve until we meet again, when it will be a pleasure to recall incidents that will always be fresh in my memory.
About the first of December we reached our destination, Santa Fe, and prepared for a long and welcome rest form the fatigues
of our journey. Nothing if interest occurred during the winter, and of this little Mexican town we soon became heartily tired.
We longed for the advent of weather which would enable us to resume our wanderings and our exhilarating pursuits.
Early in March some of the party, to vary the monotony of their lives, determined upon a short excursion, for the purpose
of hunting and examining the country around us. They expected to be only a few days absent, but days passed into weeks, and
weeks passed into months or more, before we had any tidings of the party.
We had become exceedingly uneasy and were preparing to send out scouts to trace them, if possible, when two of the party
arrived and gave an explanation of their absence. It appears that when they left Santa Fe they pursued a northerly course
for some days, being successful in finding an abundance of game, which they secured, and were on the eve of returning when
they discovered on their left an immense herd of buffaloes heading for a valley just perceptible in the distance. They determined
to follow them, and secure as many as possible. Keeping well together they followed their trail for two weeks or more, securing
many, and stampeding the rest.
One day, while following them, the party encamped in a small ravine, some 250 or 300 miles to the north of Santa Fe, and,
with their horses tethered, were preparing their evening meal when one of the men discovered in a cleft of the rocks something
that had the appearance of gold. Upon showing it to the others it was pronounced to be gold-and much excitement was the natural
consequence. Messengers were at once dispatched to inform me of the facts and request my presence with the rest of the party-and
with supplies for an indefinite time.
All the pleasures and temptations which had lured them to the plains were now forgotten, and visions of boundless wealth
and future grandeur were the only ideas entertained.
Upon reaching the locality I found all as it had been represented, and the excitement intense. Every one was diligently
at work with such tool and appliances as they had improvised, and quite a little pile had already accumulated. Though all
were at work there was nothing like order or method in their plans, and my first efforts wee to systematize our operations
and reduce everything to order.
With this object in view an agreement was entered into to work in common, as joint partners, the accumulations of each
one to be placed in a common receptacle, and each be entitled to an equal share of the whole whenever he chose to withdraw
it; the whole to remain under my charge until some other disposition of it was agreed upon.
Under this arrangement the work progressed favorably for eighteen months or more, and a great deal of gold had accumulated
in my hands, as well as silver, which had likewise been found. Everything necessary for our purposes and for the prosecution
of the work had been obtained from Santa Fe, and no trouble was experienced in procuring assistance from the Indiums in our
Matters went on thus until the Summer of 1819, when the question of transferring our wealth to some secure place was frequently
discussed. It was not considered advisable to retain so large an amount in so wild and dangerous a locality, where its very
possession might endanger our lives; and to conceal it there would avail nothing, as we might at any time be forced to reveal
its place of concealment.
We were in a dilemma. Some advised one plan, some another. One recommended Santa Fe as the safest place to deposit it,
while others objected and advocated its shipment at once to the States, where it was ultimately to go, and where alone it
would be safe. The idea seemed to prevail, and it was doubtless correct, that when outside parties ascertained, as they would
do, that we kept nothing on hand to tempt their cupidity, our lives would be more secure than at present.
It was finally decided that it would be best to send it to Virginia, under my charge, and there be securely buried in
a cave near Bufords Tavern, in the country of Bedford, which all of us had visited, and which was considered a perfectly safe
depository. This was acceptable to all, and I at once made preparations for my departure. The whole party were to accompany
me for the first five hundred miles, when all but ten would return, these latter to remain with me to the end of the journey.
All was carried out as arranged, and I arrived safely with my charge.
Stopping at Bufords Tavern, where we remained for a month, under pretense of hunting, ect., we visited the cave but found
it unfit for our purpose. It was too frequently visited by neighboring farmers, who used it as a receptacle for their sweet
potatoes and other vegetables. We soon selected a better place, and to this the treasure was safely transferred.
Before leaving my companions on the plains it was suggested that, in case of an accident to ourselves, the treasure so
concealed would be lost to their relatives without some provision against such a contingency. I was, therefore, instructed
to select some perfectly reliable person, if such an one could be found, who should, in the event of his proving acceptable
to the party, be confided in to carry out their wishes in regard to their respective shares, and upon my return report whether
I had found such a person. It was in accordance with these instructions that I visited you, made your acquaintance, was satisfied
that you would suit us, and so reported.
On my return I found the work still progressing favorably, and, by making large accessions to our force of laborers, I
was ready to return last Fall with an increased supply of metal, which came through safely and was deposited with the other.
It was at this time I handed you the box, not disclosing the nature of its contents but asking you to keep it safely till
called for. I intend writing you, however, from St. Louis, and impress upon you its importance still more forcibly.
The papers enclosed herewith will be unintelligible without the key, which will reach you in time, and will be found merely
to state the contents of our depository, with its exact location, and a list of the names of our party, with their places
of residence, ect.
I thought, at first, to give you their names in this letter, but reflecting that some one may read the letter, and thus
be enabled to impose upon you by personating some member of the party, have decided the present plan is best.
You will be aware from what I have written that we are engaged in a perilous enterprise; one which promises glorious results
if successful, but dangers intervene, and of the end no one can tell. We can only hope for the best, and persevere until
our work is accomplished, and the sum secured for which we are striving.
As ten years must elapse before you will see this letter, you may well conclude by that time that the worst has happened,
and that none of us is to be numbered with the living. In such an event you will please visit the place of deposit and secure
its contents, which you will divide into thirty-one equal pats. One of these parts you are to retain as your own, freely
given you for your services. The other shares to be distributed to the parties named in the accompanying paper. These legacies,
so unexpectedly received, will at least serve to recall names that may still be cherished though partially forgotten.
In conclusion, my dear friend, I beg that you will not allow any false or idle punctilio to prevent your receiving and
appropriating the portion assigned to yourself. It is a gift, not from myself alone but from each member of our party, and
will not be out of proportion to the services required of you.
I trust, my dear Mr. Morriss, that we may meet many times in the future, but if the Fates forbid, with my last communication
I would assure you of the entire respect and confidence of
Tho(s). Jeff(n). Beale
The second letter in the box is as follows:
Lynchburg, VA., January 5th, 1822.
Dear Mr. Morriss:
You will find in one of the papers, written in cipher, the names of all my associates, and opposite to the name of each
one will be found the names and residences of relatives and others, to whom they devise their respective portions.
From this you will be enabled to carry out the wishes of all by distributing the portion of each to the parties designated.
This will not be difficult as their residences are given, and they can easily be found.
The two letters given above were all the box contained that were intelligible. The others consisted of papers closely covered
with figures, which were, of course, unmeaning until they could be deciphered. To do this was the task to which I now devoted
myself, and with but partial success; that is, as to deciphering paper marked no. 2, to be described later on.
The three ciphers are given below, the one marked no. 1 describing the exact locality of the vault where the treasure
is buried; the one marked No. 2 stating the contents of the vault; and paper marked No. 3 stating the names and addresses
of the persons involved:
To enable my readers to understand the paper No. 2, the only one I was ever able to decipher. I herewith give the Declaration
of Independence, with the words numbered consecutively, by the assistance of which that papers hidden meaning was made plain:
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS IT BECOMES NECESSARY FOR ONE PEOPLE TO DISSOLVE THE POLITICAL BANDS WHICH HAVE CONNECTED
THEM WITH ANOTHER AND TO ASSUME AMONG THE POWERS OF THE EARTH THE SEPARATE AND EQUAL STATION TO WHICH THE LAWS OF NATURE AND
OF NATURES GOD ENTITLE THEM A DECENT RESPECT TO THE OPINIONS OF MANKIND REQUIRES THAT THEY SHOULD DECLARE THE CAUSES WHICH
INPEL THEM TO THE SEPERATION WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED
BY THEIR CREATOR WITH
CERTIAN INALIENABLE RIGHTS THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS THAT TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS
GOVERNMENTS ARE INSTITUTED AMONG MEN DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED THAT WHENEVER ANY FORM OF
GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR TO ABOLISH IT AND TO INSTITUTE NEW
GOVERNMENT LAYING ITS FOUNDATION ON SUCH PRINCIPALS AND ORGANIZING ITS POWERS IN SUCH FORMS AS TO THEM SHALL SEEM MOST LIKELY
TO EFFECT THEIR SAFETY AND HAPPINESS PRUDENCE INDEED WILL DICTATE THAT GOVERNMENTS LONG ESTABLISHED SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED
FOR LIGHT AND TRANSIENT CAUSES AND ACCORDINGLY ALL EXPERIENCE HATH SHOWN THAT MANKIND ARE MORE DISPOSED TO SUFFER WHILE EVILS
ARE SUFFERABLE THAN TO RIGHT THEMSELVES BY ABOLISHING THE FORMS TO WHICH THEY ARE ACCUSTOMED BUT WHEN A LONG TRAIN OF ABUSES
AND USURPATIONS PURSUING INVARIABLY THE SAME OBJECT EVINCES A DESIGN TO REDUCE THEM UNDER ABSOLUTE DESPOTISM IT IS THEIR
RIGHT IT IS THEIR DUTY TO THROW OFF SUCH GOVERNMENT AND TO PROVIDE NEW GUARDS FOR THEIR FUTURE SECURITY SUCH HAS BEEN
THE PATIENT SUFFERANCE OF THESE COLONIES AND SUCH IS NOW THE NECESSITY WHICH CONSTRAINS THEM TO ALTER THEIR FORMER SYSTEMS
OF GOVERNMENT THE HISTORY OF THE PRESENT KING OF GREAT BRITAIN IS A HISTORY OF REPEATED INJURIES AND SURPATIONS ALL HAVING
IN DIRECT OBJECT THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF AN ABSOLUTE TYRANNY OVER THESE STATES TO PROVE THIS LET FACTS BE SUBMITTED TO A CANDID WORLD HE HAS REFUSED HIS ASSENT
TO LAWS THE MOST WHOLESOME AND NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD HE HAS FORBIDDEN HIS GOVERNORS TO PASS LAWS
OF IMMEDIATE AND PRESSING IMPORTANCE UNLESS SUSPENDED IN THEIR OPERATION TILL HIS ASSENT SHOULD BE OBTAINED AND WHEN SO
SUSPENDED HE HAS UTTERLY NEGLECTED TO ATTEND TO THEM HE HAS REFUSED TO PASS OTHER LAWS FOR THE ACCOMODATION OF LARGE DISTRICTS
OF PEOPLE UNLESS THOSE PEOPLE WOULD RELINQUISH THE RIGHT OF REPRESENTATION IN THE LEGISLATURE A RIGHT NESTIMABLE TO THEM AND
FORMIDABLE TO TYRANTS ONLY HE HAS CALLED TOGEATHER LEGISLATIVE BODIES AT PLACES UNUSUAL
UNCOMFORTABLE AND DISTANT FROM THE DEPOSITORY OF THEIR PUBLIC RECORDS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF FATIGUING THEM INTO COMPLIANCE
WITH HIS MEASURES HE HAS DISSOLVED REPRESENTATIVE HOUSES REPEATED FOR OPPOSING WITH MANLY FIRMNESS HIS
INVASIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE HE HAS REFUSED FOR A LONG TIME AFTER SUCH DISSOLUTIONS TO CAUSE OTHERS TO BE ELECTED
WHEREBY THE LEGISLATIVE POWERS INCAPABLE OF ANNIHILATION HAVE RETURNED TO THE PEOPLE AT LARGE FOR THEIR
EXERCISE THE STATE REMAINING IN THE MEANTIME EXPOSED TO ALL THE DANGERS OF INVASION FROM WITHOUT AND CONVULSIONS WITHIN
HE HAS ENDEAVORED TO PREVENT THE POPULATION OF THESE STATES FOR THAT PURPOSE OBSTRUCTING THE LAWS FOR NATURALIZATION OF FOREIGNERS
REFUSING TO PASS OTHERS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR
MIGRATION HITHER AND RAISING THE CONDITIONS OF NEW PPROPRIATIONS OF LANDS HE HAS OBSTRUCTED THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
BY REFUSING HIS ASSENT TO LAWS FOR ESTABLISHING JUDICIARY POWERS HE HAS MADE JUDGES DEPENDANT ON HIS WILL
ALONE FOR THE TENURE OF THEIR OFFICES AND THE AMOUNT AND PAYMENT OF THEIR SALARIES HE HAS ERECTED A MULTITUDE OF NEW OFFICES
AND SENT HITHER SWARMS OF OFFICERS TO HARASS OUR PEOPLE AND EAT OUT THEIR SUPPLIES HE HAS KEPT AMONG US IN TIMES OF PEACE
STANDING ARMIES WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF OUR LEGISLATURE HE HAS AFFECTED TO RENDER THE MILITARY
INDEPENDENT OF AND SUPERIOR TO THE CIVIL POWER HE HAS COMBINED WITH OTHERS TO SUBJECT US TO A JURISDICTION
FOREIGN TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND UNACKNOWLEDGED BY OUR LAWS GIVING HIS ASSENT TO THEIR ACTS OF PRETENDED LEGISLATION FOR
QUARTERING LARGE BODIES OF ARMED TROOPS AMONG US FOR PROTECTING THEM BY A MOCK TRIAL FROM PUNISHMENT FOR ANY
MURDERS WHICH THEY SHOULD COMMIT ON THE INHABITANTS OF THESE STATES FOR CUTTING OFF OUR TRADE WITH ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD
FOR IMPOSING TAXES ON US WITHOUT OUR CONSENT FOR DEPRIVING US IN MANY CASES OF THE BENEFITS OF TRIAL BY JURY FOR
TRANSPORTING US BEYOND SEAS TO BE TRIED FOR PRETENDED OFFENCES FOR ABOLISHING THE FREE SYSTEM OF ENGLISH LAWS IN A NEIGHBORING
PROVINCE ESTABLISHING THERE IN AN ARBITRARY GOVERNMENT AND ENLARGING ITS BOUNDARIES SO AS TO RENDER
IT AT ONCE AN EXAMPLE AND FIT INSTRUMENT FOR INTRODUCING THE SAME ABSOLUTE RULE IN THESE COLONIES FOR TAKING AWAY OUR
CHARTERS ABOLISHING OUR MOST VALUABLE LAWS AND ALTERING FUNDAMENTALLY THE FORMS OF OUR GOVERNMENTS FOR SUSPENDING
OUR OWN LEGISLATURE AND DECLARING THEMSELVES INVESTED WITH POWER TO LEGISLATE FOR US IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER HE HAS ABDICATED
GOVERNMENT HERE BY DECLARING US OUT OF HIS PROTECTION AND WAGING WAR AGAINST US HE HAS PLUNDERED OUR SEAS RAVAGED OUR COASTS
BURNT OUR TOWNS AND DESTROYED THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE HE IS AT THIS TIME TRANSPORTING LARGE ARMIES OF FOREIGN MERCENARIES
TO COMPLEAT THE WORKS OF DEATH DESOLATION AND TYRANNY ALREADY BEGUN WITH CIRCUMSTANCES
OF CRUELITY AND PERFIDY SCARCELY PARALLELED IN THE MOST BARBOROUS AGES AND TOTALLY UNWORTHY THE HEAD OF A CIVILIZED NATION
HE HAS CONSTRAINED OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TAKEN CAPTIVE ON THE HIGH SEAS TO BEAR ARMS AGAINGT THEIR COUNTRY TO
BECOME THE EXECUTIONERS OF THEIR FRIEND AND BRETHREN OR TO FALL THEMSELVES BY HTEIR HANDS HE HAS EXCITED DOMESTIC INSURRECTIONS
AMONGST US AND HAS ENDEAVORED TO BRING ON THE INHABITANTS OF OUR FRONTIERS THE MERCILESS INDIAN SAVAGES
WHOSE KNOWN RULE OF WARFARE IS AN UNDISTINGUISHED DESTRUCTION OF ALL AGES SEXES AND CONDITIONS IN EVERY STAGE OF THESE
OPPRESIONS WE HAVE PETITIONED FOR REDRESS IN THE MOST HUMBLE TERMS OUR REPEATED PETITIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED
ONLY BY REPEATED INJURY A PRINCE WHOSE CHARACTER IS THUS MARKED BY EVERY ACT WHICH MAY DEFINE A TYRANT IS UNFIT TO BE
THE RULER OF A FREE PEOPLE NOR HAVE WE BEEN WAITING IN ATTENTIONS TO OUR BRITISH BRETHREN WE HAVE WARNED THEM FROM
TIME TO TIME OF ATTEMPTS BY THEIR LEGISLATURE TO EXTEND A UNWARRANTABLE JURISDICTION OVER US WE HAVE REMINDED THEM OF
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF OUR EMIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT HERE WE HAVE APPEALED TO THEIR NATIVE JUSTICE AND MAGNANIMITY AND WE HAVE
CONJURED THEM BY THE TIES OF OUR COMMON KINDRED TO
DISAVOW THESE USURPATIONS WHICH WOULD INEVITABLY INTERRUPT OUR CONNECTIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE THEY TOO HAVE BEEN DEAF
TO THE VOICE OF JUSTICE AND OF CONSANGUINITY WE MUST THEREFORE ACQUIESCE IN THE NECESSITY WHICH DENOUNCES
OUR SEPERATION AN HOLD THEM AS WE HOLD THE REST OF MANKIND ENEMIES IN WAR IN PEACE FRIENDS WE THEREFORE THE REPRESENTITIVES
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN GENERAL CONGRESS ASSEMBLED APPEALING TO THE SUPREME JUDGE OF THE
WORLD FOR THE RECTITUDE OF OUR INTENTIONS DO IN THE NAME AND BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THESE COLONIES SOLEMNLY
PUBLISH AND DECLARE THAT THESE UNITED COLONIES ARE AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE FREE AND INDEPENDANT STATES THAT
THEY ARE ABSOLVED FROM ALL ALLEGIANCE TO THE BRITISH CROWN AND THAT ALL POLITICAL CONNECTION BETWEEN THEM AND THE STATE
OF GREAT BRITAIN IS AND OUGHT TO BE TOTALLY DISSOLVED AND THAT AS FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES THAT HAVE FULL POWER TO LEVY
WAR CONCLUDE PEACE CONTRACT ALLIENCES ESTABLISH COMMERCE AND TO DO ALL OTHER ACTS AND THINGS WHICH INDEPENDANT STATES MAY
OF RIGHT DO AND FOR THE SUPPORT OF THIS DECLARATION WITH A FIRM RELIANCE ON THE PROTECTION OF
DEVINE PROVIDENCE WE MUTUALLY PLEDGE TO EACH OTHER OUR LIVES OUR FORTUNES AND OUR SACRED HONOR
I furnish herewith a translation of Paper No. 2, indicating of what the treasure consists, based upon the use of the Declaration
of Independence as the key:
115, 73, 24, 807, 37, 52, 49, 17, 31, 62, 647, 22, 7, 15, 140, 47, 29, 107, 79, 84, 56, 239, 10, 26, 811, 5, 196, 308, 85,
52, 160, 136, 59, 211, 36, 9, 46, 316, 554, 122, 106, 95, 53, 58, 2, 42, 7, 35, 122, 53, 31, 82, 77, 250, 196, 56, 96, 118,
71, 140, 287, 28, 353, 37, 1005, 65, 147, 807, 24, 3, 8, 12, 47, 43, 59, 807, 45, 316, 101, 41, 78, 154, 1005, 122, 138, 191,
16, 77, 49, 102, 57, 72, 34, 73, 85, 35, 371, 59, 196, 81, 92, 191, 106, 273, 60, 394, 620, 270, 220, 106, 388, 287, 63, 3,
6, 191, 122, 43, 234, 400, 106, 290, 314, 47, 48, 81, 96, 26, 115, 92, 158, 191, 110, 77, 85, 197, 46, 10, 113, 140, 353,
48, 120, 106, 2, 607, 61, 420, 811, 29, 125, 14, 20, 37, 105, 28, 248, 16, 159, 7, 35, 19, 301, 125, 110, 486, 287, 98, 117,
511, 62, 51, 220, 37, 113, 140, 807, 138, 540, 8, 44, 287, 388, 117, 18, 79, 344, 34, 20, 59, 511, 548, 107, 603, 220, 7,
66, 154, 41, 20, 50, 6, 575, 122, 154, 248, 110, 61, 52, 33, 30, 5, 38, 8, 14, 84, 57, 540, 217, 115, 71, 29, 84, 63, 43,
131, 29, 138, 47, 73, 239, 540, 52, 53, 79, 118, 51, 44, 63, 196, 12, 239, 112, 3, 49, 79, 353, 105, 56, 371, 557, 211, 505,
125, 360, 133, 143, 101, 15, 284, 540, 252, 14, 205, 140, 344, 26, 811, 138, 115, 48, 73, 34, 205, 316, 607, 63, 220, 7, 52,
150, 44, 52, 16, 40, 37, 158, 807, 37, 121, 12, 95, 10, 15, 35, 12, 131, 62, 115, 102, 807, 49, 53, 135, 138, 30, 31, 62,
67, 41, 85, 63, 10, 106, 807, 138, 8, 113, 20, 32, 33, 37, 353, 287, 140, 47, 85, 50, 37, 49, 47, 64, 6, 7, 71, 33, 4, 43,
47, 63, 1, 27, 600, 208, 230, 15, 191, 246, 85, 94, 511, 2, 270, 20, 39, 7, 33, 44, 22, 40, 7, 10, 3, 811, 106, 44, 486, 230,
353, 211, 200, 31, 10, 38, 140, 297, 61, 603, 320, 302, 666, 287, 2, 44, 33, 32, 511, 548, 10, 6, 250, 557, 246, 53, 37, 52,
83, 47, 320, 38, 33, 807, 7, 44, 30, 31, 250, 10, 15, 35, 106, 160, 113, 31, 102, 406, 230, 540, 320, 29, 66, 33, 101, 807,
138, 301, 316, 353, 320, 220, 37, 52, 28, 540, 320, 33, 8, 48, 107, 50, 811, 7, 2, 113, 73, 16, 125, 11, 110, 67, 102, 807,
33, 59, 81, 158, 38, 43, 581, 138, 19, 85, 400, 38, 43, 77, 14, 27, 8, 47, 138, 63, 140, 44, 35, 22, 177, 106, 250, 314, 217,
2, 10, 7, 1005, 4, 20, 25, 44, 48, 7, 26, 46, 110, 230, 807, 191, 34, 112, 147, 44, 110, 121, 125, 96, 41, 51, 50, 140, 56,
47, 152, 540, 63, 807, 28, 42, 250, 138, 582, 98, 643, 32, 107, 140, 112, 26, 85, 138, 540, 53, 20, 125, 371, 38, 36, 10,
52, 118, 136, 102, 420, 150, 112, 71, 14, 20, 7, 24, 18, 12, 807, 37, 67, 110, 62, 33, 21, 95, 220, 511, 102, 811, 30, 83,
84, 305, 620, 15, 2, 10, 8, 220, 106, 353, 105, 106, 60, 275, 72, 8, 50, 205, 185, 112, 125, 540, 65, 106, 807, 138, 96, 110,
16, 73, 33, 807, 150, 409, 400, 50, 154, 285, 96, 106, 316, 270, 205, 101, 811, 400, 8, 44, 37, 52, 40, 241, 34, 205, 38,
16, 46, 47, 85, 24, 44, 15, 64, 73, 138, 807, 85, 78, 110, 33, 420, 505, 53, 37, 38, 22, 31, 10, 110, 106, 101, 140, 15, 38,
3, 5, 44, 7, 98, 287, 135, 150, 96, 33, 84, 125, 807, 191, 96, 511, 118, 40, 370, 643, 466, 106, 41, 107, 603, 220, 275, 30,
150, 105, 49, 53, 287, 250, 208, 134, 7, 53, 12, 47, 85, 63, 138, 110, 21, 112, 140, 485, 486, 505, 14, 73, 84, 575, 1005,
150, 200, 16, 42, 5, 4, 25, 42, 8, 16, 811, 125, 160, 32, 205, 603, 807, 81, 96, 405, 41, 600, 136, 14, 20, 28, 26, 353, 302,
246, 8, 131, 160, 140, 84, 440, 42, 16, 811, 40, 67, 101, 102, 194, 138, 205, 51, 63, 241, 540, 122, 8, 10, 63, 140, 47, 48,
By comparing the foregoing numbers with the corresponding numbers of the initial letters of the consecutive words in the Declaration
of Independence, the translation will be found to be as follows:
I have deposited in the county of Bedford, about four miles from Buford's, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the
surface of the ground, the following articles, belonging jointly to the parties whose names are given in number "3,"
The first deposit consisted of one thousand and fourteen pounds of gold, and three thousand eight hundred and twelve pounds
of silver, deposited November, 1819. The second was made December, 1821, and consisted of nineteen hundred and seven pounds
of gold, and twelve hundred and eighty-eight pounds of silver; also jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange for silver to
save transportation, and valued at $13,000.
The above is securely packed in iron pots, with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined with stone, and the vessels rest
on solid stone, and are covered with others. Paper number "1" describes the exact locality of the vault so that
no difficulty will be had in finding it.
The following is the paper which, according to Beale's statement, describes the exact locality of the vault, and is marked
"1." It is to this that I have devoted most of my time, but, unfortunately, without success.
THE LOCALITY OF THE VAULT.
71, 194, 38, 1701, 89, 76, 11, 83, 1629, 48, 94, 63, 132, 16, 111, 95, 84, 341, 975, 14, 40, 64, 27, 81, 139, 213, 63,
90, 1120, 8, 15, 3, 126, 2018, 40, 74, 758, 485, 604, 230, 436, 664, 582, 150, 251, 284, 308, 231, 124, 211, 486, 225, 401,
370, 11, 101, 305, 139, 189, 17, 33, 88, 208, 193, 145, 1, 94, 73, 416, 918, 263, 28, 500, 538, 356, 117, 136, 219, 27, 176,
130, 10, 460, 25, 485, 18, 436, 65, 84, 200, 283, 118, 320, 138, 36, 416, 280, 15, 71, 224, 961, 44, 16, 401, 39, 88, 61,
304, 12, 21, 24, 283, 134, 92, 63, 246, 486, 682, 7, 219, 184, 360, 780, 18, 64, 463, 474, 131, 160, 79, 73, 440, 95, 18,
64, 581, 34, 69, 128, 367, 460, 17, 81, 12, 103, 820, 62, 116, 97, 103, 862, 70, 60, 1317, 471, 540, 208, 121, 890, 346, 36,
150, 59, 568, 614, 13, 120, 63, 219, 812, 2160, 1780, 99, 35, 18, 21, 136, 872, 15, 28, 170, 88, 4, 30, 44, 112, 18, 147,
436, 195, 320, 37, 122, 113, 6, 140, 8, 120, 305, 42, 58, 461, 44, 106, 301, 13, 408, 680, 93, 86, 116, 530, 82, 568, 9, 102,
38, 416, 89, 71, 216, 728, 965, 818, 2, 38, 121, 195, 14, 326, 148, 234, 18, 55, 131, 234, 361, 824, 5, 81, 623, 48, 961,
19, 26, 33, 10, 1101, 365, 92, 88, 181, 275, 346, 201, 206, 86, 36, 219, 324, 829, 840, 64, 326, 19, 48, 122, 85, 216, 284,
919, 861, 326, 985, 233, 64, 68, 232, 431, 960, 50, 29, 81, 216, 321, 603, 14, 612, 81, 360, 36, 51, 62, 194, 78, 60, 200,
314, 676, 112, 4, 28, 18, 61, 136, 247, 819, 921, 1060, 464, 895, 10, 6, 66, 119, 38, 41, 49, 602, 423, 962, 302, 294, 875,
78, 14, 23, 111, 109, 62, 31, 501, 823, 216, 280, 34, 24, 150, 1000, 162, 286, 19, 21, 17, 340, 19, 242, 31, 86, 234, 140,
607, 115, 33, 191, 67, 104, 86, 52, 88, 16, 80, 121, 67, 95, 122, 216, 548, 96, 11, 201, 77, 364, 218, 65, 667, 890, 236,
154, 211, 10, 98, 34, 119, 56, 216, 119, 71, 218, 1164, 1496, 1817, 51, 39, 210, 36, 3, 19, 540, 232, 22, 141, 617, 84, 290,
80, 46, 207, 411, 150, 29, 38, 46, 172, 85, 194, 39, 261, 543, 897, 624, 18, 212, 416, 127, 931, 19, 4, 63, 96, 12, 101, 418,
16, 140, 230, 460, 538, 19, 27, 88, 612, 1431, 90, 716, 275, 74, 83, 11, 426, 89, 72, 84, 1300, 1706, 814, 221, 132, 40, 102,
34, 868, 975, 1101, 84, 16, 79, 23, 16, 81, 122, 324, 403, 912, 227, 936, 447, 55, 86, 34, 43, 212, 107, 96, 314, 264, 1065,
323, 428, 601, 203, 124, 95, 216, 814, 2906, 654, 820, 2, 301, 112, 176, 213, 71, 87, 96, 202, 35, 10, 2, 41, 17, 84, 221,
736, 820, 214, 11, 60, 760
The following paper is marked "3" in the series, and as we are
informed, contains the names of Beale's associates, who are joint owners of the fund deposited, together with the names of
the nearest relatives of each party, with their several places of residence.
NAMES AND RESIDENCES.
317, 8, 92, 73, 112, 89, 67, 318, 28, 96,107, 41, 631, 78, 146, 397, 118, 98, 114, 246, 348, 116, 74, 88, 12, 65, 32,
14, 81, 19, 76, 121, 216, 85, 33, 66, 15, 108, 68, 77, 43, 24, 122, 96, 117, 36, 211, 301, 15, 44, 11, 46, 89, 18, 136, 68,
317, 28, 90, 82, 304, 71, 43, 221, 198, 176, 310, 319, 81, 99, 264, 380, 56, 37, 319, 2, 44, 53, 28, 44, 75, 98, 102, 37,
85, 107, 117, 64, 88, 136, 48, 151, 99, 175, 89, 315, 326, 78, 96, 214, 218, 311, 43, 89, 51, 90, 75, 128, 96, 33, 28, 103,
84, 65, 26, 41, 246, 84, 270, 98, 116, 32, 59, 74, 66, 69, 240, 15, 8, 121, 20, 77, 89, 31, 11, 106, 81, 191, 224, 328, 18,
75, 52, 82, 117, 201, 39, 23, 217, 27, 21, 84, 35, 54, 109, 128, 49, 77, 88, 1, 81, 217, 64, 55, 83, 116, 251, 269, 311, 96,
54, 32, 120, 18, 132, 102, 219, 211, 84, 150, 219, 275, 312, 64, 10, 106, 87, 75, 47, 21, 29, 37, 81, 44, 18, 126, 115, 132,
160, 181, 203, 76, 81, 299, 314, 337, 351, 96, 11, 28, 97, 318, 238, 106, 24, 93, 3, 19, 17, 26, 60, 73, 88, 14, 126, 138,
234, 286, 297, 321, 365, 264, 19, 22, 84, 56, 107, 98, 123, 111, 214, 136, 7, 33, 45, 40, 13, 28, 46, 42, 107, 196, 227, 344,
198, 203, 247, 116, 19, 8, 212, 230, 31, 6, 328, 65, 48, 52, 59, 41, 122, 33, 117, 11, 18, 25, 71, 36, 45, 83, 76, 89, 92,
31, 65, 70, 83, 96, 27, 33, 44, 50, 61, 24, 112, 136, 149, 176, 180, 194, 143, 171, 205, 296, 87, 12, 44, 51, 89, 98, 34,
41, 208, 173, 66, 9, 35, 16, 95, 8, 113, 175, 90, 56, 203, 19, 177, 183, 206, 157, 200, 218, 260, 291, 305, 618, 951, 320,
18, 124, 78, 65, 19, 32, 124, 48, 53, 57, 84, 96, 207, 244, 66, 82, 119, 71, 11, 86, 77, 213, 54, 82, 316, 245, 303, 86, 97,
106, 212, 18, 37, 15, 81, 89, 16, 7, 81, 39, 96, 14, 43, 216, 118, 29, 55, 109, 136, 172, 213, 64, 8, 227, 304, 611, 221,
364, 819, 375, 128, 296, 1, 18, 53, 76, 10, 15, 23, 19, 71, 84, 120, 134, 66, 73, 89, 96, 230, 48, 77, 26, 101, 127, 936,
218, 439, 178, 171, 61, 226, 313, 215, 102, 18, 167, 262, 114, 218, 66, 59, 48, 27, 19, 13, 82, 48, 162, 119, 34, 127, 139,
34, 128, 129, 74, 63, 120, 11, 54, 61, 73, 92, 180, 66, 75, 101, 124, 265, 89, 96, 126, 274, 896, 917, 434, 461, 235, 890,
312, 413, 328, 381, 96, 105, 217, 66, 118, 22, 77, 64, 42, 12, 7, 55, 24, 83, 67, 97, 109, 121, 135, 181, 203, 219, 228, 256,
21, 34, 77, 319, 374, 382, 675, 684, 717, 864, 203, 4, 18, 92, 16, 63, 82, 22, 46, 55, 69, 74, 112, 134, 186, 175, 119, 213,
416, 312, 343, 264, 119, 186, 218, 343, 417, 845, 951, 124, 209, 49, 617, 856, 924, 936, 72, 19, 28, 11, 35, 42, 40, 66, 85,
94, 112, 65, 82, 115, 119, 236, 244, 186, 172, 112, 85, 6, 56, 38, 44, 85, 72, 32, 47, 63, 96, 124, 217, 314, 319, 221, 644,
817, 821, 934, 922, 416, 975, 10, 22, 18, 46, 137, 181, 101, 39, 86, 103, 116, 138, 164, 212, 218, 296, 815, 380, 412, 460,
495, 675, 820, 952
The papers given above were all that were contained in the box,
except two or three of an unimportant character, and having no connection whatever with the subject in hand. They were carefully
copied, and as carefully compared with the originals, and no error is believed to exist.
Complete in themselves, they
are respectfully submitted to the public, with the hope that all that is dark in them may receive light, and that the treasure,
amounting to more than three-quarters of a million, which has rested so long unproductive of good, in the hands of a proper
person, may eventually accomplish its mission.
In conclusion it may not be inappropriate to say a few words regarding
myself: In consequence of the time lost in the above investigation, I have been reduced from comparative affluence to absolute
penury, entailing suffering upon those it was my duty to protect, and this, too, in spite of their remonstrances. My eyes
were at last opened to their condition, and I resolved to sever at once, and forever, all connection with the affair, and
retrieve, if possible, my errors. To do this, as the best means of placing temptation beyond my reach, I determined to make
public the whole matter, and shift from my shoulders my responsibility to Mr. Morriss.
I anticipate for these papers
a large circulation, and, to avoid the multitude of letters with which I should be assailed from all sections of the Union,
propounding all sorts of questions, and requiring answers which, if attended to, would absorb my entire time, and only change
the character of my work, I have decided upon withdrawing my name from the publication, after assuring all interested that
I have given all that I know of the matter, and that I cannot add one word to the statements herein contained.
gentleman whom I have selected as my agent, to publish and circulate these papers, was well-known to Mr. Morriss; it was at
his house that Mrs. Morriss died, and he would have been one of the beneficiaries in the event of my success. Like every one
else, he was ignorant of this episode in Mr. Morriss' career, until the manuscript was placed in his hands. Trusting that
he will be benefited by the arrangement, which, I know, would have met the approval of Mr. Morriss, I have left the whole
subject to his sole management and charge. It is needless to say that I shall await with much anxiety the development of the
ends the 1885 Ward Job Print Phamplet
Below can be seen the scrap of paper
which was mentioned in the above document.
|Reproduction of the Scrap Paper
"Midi sequenced by Barry Taylor"