Aldridge to Howitt 30 September 1883

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you want from them. I can talk
their language & have been able to do so
for the last 23 years but the last few
years I have been away a great deal from
home and find it very difficult offhand
to supply the information you ask
for. I was in Melbourne for a fortnight
about 6 weeks ago, if I had of know
of this letter of yours I should have "gone
to call?" and called upon you. There is a
possibility of my being in Melbourne in
about "2 or 4?" weeks time if so I will call
& may probably give you some useful
information, having had a thorough
knowledge of the [.......] in their wild state.
I have many times [.....] my life to
be present at some of their ceremonies
My knowledge of their language - which
they knew of - was I believe the only thing
that saved me. In a few words I would
be warned who to be on the look out for

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Document Details

Date 30 Sep 1883
Letter From Aldridge, Harry Edgar
Letter To Howitt, Mr Alfred William
Country Australia
Colony/State Queensland
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 4
Medium Letter
Locality Maryborough
Summary Discusses Maryborough area, Queensland. Acknowledgement of A.W. Howitt letter with promise of further information. H.E. Aldridge has been able to speak the local language for twenty-three years and states to have thorough knowledge of the customs and has been present at ceremonies. There is mention of how customs have changed over the past ten years and the difficulty in recording Aboriginal languages.
Physical Description Letter, handwritten. One sheet, four pages. Good Condition