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Burr's cipher, sir: The 1807 treason case that featured in the Apple/FBI conflict

Glenn Fleishman | March 29, 2016
The damned fool who shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel also, some historians believe, wanted to set himself up as the Emperor of Mexico. Coded dispatches led to his downfall, but not conviction.

The Life of Harman Blennerhassett (1853) for a superb rundown of the letter’s encoding

I also referred to “War of Two” by John Sedgwick, a book about the relationship and feuds between Hamilton and Burr, and “An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson” By Andro Linklater.


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