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In this beautiful example from frabjous the original page numbers from the source is place in the margin (below is a screenshot of page 8, which is page 9 and 10, marked by a red marker in the text, in the original)

some of page 9 and 10 of Bertrand Russell Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

frabjous has made a very beautiful website where the code is available, but the specif code to make the original page numbers in the margin is quite elaborate.

Does anyone here know if there is a package to do this or maybe an easier solution the the one used by frabjous?

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    Why not just use a \marginpar? – Werner May 1 '14 at 20:36
  • @Werner, Thanks for responding to my question. I think I got deterred as frabjous wrote that he had better luck with marginnote than with LaTeX's \marginpar command. I'll experiment with \marginpar. Thanks. – Eric Fail May 1 '14 at 20:44
  • @Werner, I added it there to allow you to answer, as it was more or less the answer you suggested in your comment. I'll move it into an separate answer. Thanks. – Eric Fail May 1 '14 at 21:39
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After being encouraged by Werner's comment above I experimented with \marginpar{}, and after that \marginnote{}. Apparently it wasn't as complicated as I had imagined. I got this nice result with \marginnote{} (see below for code)

marginnote solved the problem

 \documentclass[11pt]{article}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{marginnote}
\usepackage{color}

\begin{document}
  \lipsum[1]
   \verb!\marginpar{}! used {\color{red}$|$} \marginpar{ {\color{red}$7$}} 
    \lipsum[1] 
   \verb!\marginnote{}!  used {\color{red}$|$}  \marginnote{{\color{red}$ 8$}}
        \lipsum[1] 
\end{document}

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