By Robert Ward, Ellicott City, Maryland
This research is dedicated to Miss Cecilia (Lily) Powell, a beautiful young writer who left us way too soon.
This survey measured the frequency of the 348 longest words (six letters or longer) from the Declaration of Independence (DOI) in the text of The Beale Papers, a cryptographic, treasure mystery published anonymously in 1885 in Lynchburg, Virginia, and 100 “classic” tales of fiction. The results determined that The Beale Papers contained the highest number of words which were spelled exactly as the corresponding 348 DOI study words. The study also found that The Beale Papers had the highest frequency of words which were grammatically “related” to the 348 DOI study words. In both cases, (exact and related) The Beale Papers has a significantly large enrichment of DOI words.