The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 244
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
9 may be found by substituting the known letters in a few of the
words; the identity of the unknown letters will then be un-
First, try 62 igu2 and by substitution one achieves 6eague;
the word has to be league and 6 the letter L. Next, try the group-
ings Th471s B49d28 in the first set of field notes and by substi-
tution one has Tho-as Bo-de-. Thomas Borden stands out
clearly. Thomas Borden was a surveyor during and following the
Mexican colonization period and worked in the area described
by these notes. The numerals 6, 7, 8, and 9 represent the letters
1, m, n, and r. The code is completely broken.
The message in the third set of notes is as follows:
Th3s 621g52 2nd 91t2
b5t the c922k b4tt47 3s
The fourth message reads:
This League s2c48d 91t2
b5t w266 watered and what
perrarie there is 48 3s f39st
By substitution the decoded messages are:
(1) This league 1/3 timber
for John Hoge (Hodge)
(2) This league has three
Springs Branches of good
water and is a good league
(3) This league 2nd rate
but the creek bottom is
(4) This league second rate
but well watered and what
perrarie there is on (it) is first
The field notes of the first tract together with other notes in
the same volume identify it as the league titled to John Hodge on
March 21, 1831, appearing in Volume III, page 426, of the Spanish
Archives of the Land Office. It is situated on the south side of the
East Fork of Mill Creek in Austin and Washington counties.
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