To a thousand add one, twice fifty and ten,
Six-sevenths of a million this sum I’ll maintain.

The above puzzle appeared in the book, “Rational amusement for winter evenings” (1821) by John Jackson.


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Here is what I think is going on

To a thousand (M in Roman numerals) add one (I), twice fifty (LL) and ten (10) which gives MILL10 and this looks like "six-sevenths" of the word MILLION.

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    $\begingroup$ The fellow certainly appeared fond of rot13(Ebzna Ahzrenyf). $\endgroup$ Jan 16 at 9:00

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