Robert Morris’ “Written Mnemonics”

Here are the first ten pages of Robert Morris’ “Written Mnemonics” (I bought myself a copy, one of the 3000 that were originally printed in the 1860s):

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Denslow’s 1931 book The Masonic Conservators gave examples (although deliberately inexact) of how parts of the cipher worked.

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It seems very unlikely that the Written Mnemonics could be decrypted without (a) the carefully large dictionary of Masonic terms that originally went with the little blue booklet of tables; and without (b) the instructions on how to read each table in turn.

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  1. Hi Nick,
    I am a Masonic historian researching the Conservators and 19th c. Masonic ritual. I was wondering if I could use your scanned images of “Written Mnemonics” on a web page about my research project? I will of course give you credit.

    Thank you!

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