Letter from Bulmer 20 April 1880

Page 3 of 8

Transcription - Page 3

affair in my early days.
No. 4 [I think marriages were - crossed out]
[seen by - crossed out] I have known men
have two and three wives
but the Blks tell me some
had four + five though I
suspect not often, sometimes
the parents had a difficulty
getting their daughter
married to a proper person
within class limits. They
would often give their
daughters to the man
who had one already
to obviate the difficulty.
I think the rule has one
wife + the plurality the
No 5. With regard to the
conditions of marriage I
think the parents' consent

Page 3 of 8

Document Details

Date 20 Apr 1880
Letter From Bulmer, Reverend John
Letter To Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 82
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Lake Tyers
Summary "The letter discusses the region around the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers. Content also relates to the Gippsland District. Discusses social organisation and marriage laws and customs. Reply to A.W. Howitt's questionnaire and questions relating to language. Also mentions ""Wallace's Australasia"" when speaking of languages."
Physical Description Letter, handwritten in ink. Signed and dated. Three folded sheets, eleven pages. Vertical, red-pencil line through text on three pages. Condition: fair; small tears along central folds; slightly tattered upper edges.