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Prof cracks 270-year-old Wesley code.

A 270-YEAR-OLD diary, written in code, has been cracked by a Liverpool professor.

After nine years of painstaking work, more than 1,000 handwritten pages from 1736-1756 have been deciphered from the diary of Charles Wesley.

The Rev Professor Kenneth Newport, Liverpool Hope University's pro vice-chancellor for research and academic development, used photocopies of the original manuscript to unlock the secrets of the code.

As co-founder of the Methodist Church, with his brother, John, the long passages of "hidden" material give a fascinating insight into the personal life of the younger Wesley.

Charles used his shorthand code to write about sensitive matters including his sharp disapproval of his brother's marriage.

Prof New port, an Anglican priest, said: "When I started to study his manuscripts at Manchester's John Rylands Library, I kept coming across sections written in some sort of code.

"I was determined to unlock it and I'm delighted to have played a part in bringing the full range of his views to light."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2008
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