What is secret writing?

  • (noun): A piece of writing in code or cipher.
    Synonyms: cryptogram, cryptograph
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Some articles on secret writing, secret, writing:

Intelligence In The American Revolutionary War - Techniques - Secret Writing
... While serving in Paris as an agent of the Committee of Secret Correspondence, Silas Deane is known to have used a heat-developing invisible ink—a compound of cobalt ... Even more useful to him later was a "sympathetic stain" created for secret communications by James Jay, a physician and the brother of John Jay ... The stain required one chemical for writing the message and a second to develop it, affording greater security than the ink used by Deane earlier ...
The Gold-Bug - Analysis
... Though he did not invent "secret writing" or cryptography (he was likely inspired by an interest in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe), Poe certainly popularized it during his time ... the editor from all parts of the country." In July 1841, Poe published "A Few Words on Secret Writing" and, realizing the interest in the topic, wrote ... Poe's explanation in "A Few Words on Secret Writing" ...

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