Other historic, encrypted diaries
Bruce Schneier points out this piece from the BBC, “The secret code of diaries.” With the recent attention to Charles Wesley’s 18th-century diary, they’ve described several others of historical note. Read the whole article, but here’s the digest version:
- Charles Wesley, 1756, kept his encrypted diary as part of the Methodist spiritual discipline.
- Beatrix Potter, 1897, personally invented an algorithm to keep her secrets to herself.
- Donald Hill, 1941, encrypted a journal of his time as a Japanese POW in World War II.
- Lord Hailsham, 1970s, wanted to keep political opinions to himself using and adapted form of shorthand.