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Kingston, Robert M. (d. 1794) [Cypher]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04764.01 Author/Creator: Kingston, Robert M. (d. 1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: circa 1777-1779 Pagination: 1 p. ; 32.5 x 20 cm.

Appears to be Kingston's cypher to communicate with his superiors while a prisoner of war after the Battle of Saratoga. On verso are the names of the people who seem to be in on the coded messages: General Sir William Howe, General Robert Pigot, General William Phillips, and General Henry Clinton. Altogether there are 14 areas cut out, each one numbered, when placed over a coded letter of the same size will convey the true message.

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