J C Muirhead to Howitt 4 September 1899

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Date 01 Sep 1899
Letter From Muirhead, J C
Letter To Howitt, Mr Alfred William
Country Australia
Colony/State Queensland
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 265
Medium Letter
Locality Clermont
Summary Cultural group not recorded. J.C. Muirhead notes that A.W. Howitt's 'Northern correspondent is in error' regarding food prohibitions. They apply to young men prior to going through Bora rites, but not throughout life. Muirhead argues that over his many years of observation - since 1864 - he has not known of one single instance of cannibalism. He describes how and why the remains of a deceased person are sometimes carried in dilly bags. A post script notes that the author does not live [no longer lives] at Elgin Downs. Address Clermont, Queensland.
Physical Description Letter, handwritten in ink. One foolscap sheet, two pages. Condition: good.