The secret code of diaries
There is a certain thrill to cracking a code.
The 300,000-word journal of Charles Wesley, the co-founder of the
Methodist movement, which was written in an obscure shorthand, has
been solved and the diary transcribed. It has taken nine years.
It appears that the shorthand was used not for speed, but for
security. What was so important that it required the secrecy of a
Wesley's is not the only diary that has used a code, however, with
everyone from Beatrix Potter to British prisoners of war using their
secret diaries to express feelings that no-one else was meant to