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"Notes and Queries:
A Medium of Communication for Literary Men, General Readers, etc.
" Notes and Queries
is a long running journal which printed the, well, notes and queries sent in to them by readers. Google books seems to have full view available for most, if not all, of the issues from the founding in 1849 up through 1908.
Notes were items that the readers of the journal thought other readers might find of interest. For instance, in 1884, Frederick E. Sawyer thought you might find something of interest in the subject of Lord Chief Justice Cockburn and moustaches
Queries were, again, pretty self explanatory, where correspondents write in with questions for the other readers. In 1901, W.M. Norman wanted to know about the use of acacia in the funerals of Freemasons
. I leave it to you to find the answer.
Finally, each issue had a responses section, where readers could respond to either notes or queries. In 1874, Edmund Tew wrote in to answer a question about Logarys Light
. I leave it to you to find the question.