The following snippet is from a the INDEX of book that was published in 1877:

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I would like to know what the n means in, for example, the index entry

Acworth, George, 100, *n*.

I don't ever recall having seen this before. Is this, perhaps, some sort of prior convention?

In any case, it occurs frequently in the said index:

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Thank you.

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    What's on the referenced pages for those? Acworth, George or Alcock, John, bishop of Ely?
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Jan 19, 2021 at 19:53

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I googled your query and found this: https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/quicklinks/2017-08/indexing_instructions_for_authors_0.pdf Endnotes are referred to by page (on which the text of the note appears), the letter “n,” and the note number, with no internal space (504n14). If a footnote is indexed, this is indicated by listing an “n” after the page number (52n); if more than one note is on a page, then the note number may be added (52n4)

  • That explains it. Thank you. Jan 20, 2021 at 4:41

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