Just finished working with the cipher page 2. There are some interesting problems with the original decoding of the page. The decoding was updated for printing in The Beale Papers. The original language of the decoded page written in the 1820’s was changed to reflect 1885 updated language usage. There are some errors in the unknown authors decoding of it.

The above is securely packed in (iron) pots, with iron covers.
This should be decoded as
The above is securely packed in (TEN) pots, with iron covers.

The word (TIN) works too. but Ten pots would line up with the decoding I have done with the other pages.


I have deposited in the county of Bedford, about four miles from Buford’s, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the surface of the ground, the following articles, belonging jointly to the parties whose names are given in number three, herewith:

The first deposit consisted of ten hundred and fourteen pounds of gold, and thirty-eight hundred and twelve pounds of silver, deposited Nov. eighteen nineteen. The second was made Dec. eighteen twenty-one, and consisted of nineteen hundred and seven pounds of gold, and twelve hundred and eighty-eight of silver; also jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange to save transportation, and valued at thirteen thousand dollars.

packed in (TEN) pots

30, 83, 84, 305, 620, 15, 2, 108, 220, 106, 353, 105, 106, 60, 275,

P    A     C     K     H(E)     D    I    N     T    O(E)    N   P    O    T    S


The above is securely packed in iron pots, with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined with stone, and the vessels rest on solid stone and are covered with others. Paper number one describes the exact locality of the vault so that no difficulty will be had in finding it.