One of the commonest of letters is the one like this. " Several weeks ago I wrote to ask you whether toads eat bugs, and now I have the Monthly to hand, and no notice is taken of my communication " Sometimes it may be that "several days" was the expression instead of" several weeks." It should be borne in mind that it takes more than several days for the editor to prepare all the matter for a magazine like this. Our copy goes to the printer about the 5th of the month for our reading matter, and about the 20th for advertisements. It might by chance be that the editor could insert a paper or notice a query received so late as the 5th; but he would be more certain of having time to attend to it if it came a week or two before.