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A set of papers written by Calvert Vaux, the co-designer of Central Park, was recently discovered.  A letter accompanying the papers speaks of an important secret hidden in Central Park.  The following is the text of that letter:

Sept 24 1895

Many years ago a friend came to me with a secret of great historical importance. Too volatile to reveal yet too important to destroy, we resolved to hide the secret until the proper time for revelation had come. It now appears unlikely such time will arrive within our lives.

The secret, hidden securely in the Central Park, can be discovered by means of the papers accompanying this letter. I must trust that anyone with such affection for the park to be able to decipher the papers will have the wisdom and forbearance to heed these requests, that he not search for the secret until the year 1965, and that upon discovering the secret he not reveal it to anyone for ten years.

It is my fervent hope that the wisest men of your time will learn the secret. Therefore kindly allow all who wish access to these papers, binding them by their honour to the same limitations I have asked of you.

I fear for my life. There are men who wish the secret to remain hidden, and this is the best way I can devise to ensure it is not lost forever.

Calvert Vaux

The papers are a series of clues that lead you through Central Park toward the secret. The woman who discovered the papers wants to honor Vaux’s request that the papers be made available to others. Because she is a very private person, she has asked David Wise to administer their distribution. For information on obtaining a copy of the papers, click here.

David Wise will also function as the historian of the Central Park Papers. You can ask him general questions about Central Park, Calvert Vaux, and the 19th Century by calling him at 917-576-6559 or e-mailing him at david@cppapers.com.