Howitt to Fison 5/9/1874

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Mr Curr also asks if we have seen what
Eyre, Grey +c have written about "Cobba
and Cobbitha". This has suggested
that the works of all the Australian
voyagers by land and sea should be
examined. But I dare say you have
done so.

I now proceed to note some things
in your letter
1. I believe the natives have many convertible
terms as for instance (Brabrolung)
2. new words are often substituted
for instance (Brabrolung) a man named
"Yarn" (water) died - for some time after
his friends called "water" "nobler"
- for it is not proper or lawful to name
the dead. If he had been a great man
the word "yarn" would probably have died out.
3. The most intelligent of the Brabrolung natives
cannot explain such terms as "Ngaribil
Qua-abun" - their meaning I am afraid
has been lost in the change of language
as for instance the term "Dan bun

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Document Details

Date 5 September 1874
Letter From Howitt, Alfred William
Letter To Fison, Reverend Lorimer
Country Australia
Holding Institution St Mark's National Theological Centre
Collection Name Alan Tippett/Lorimer Fison Collection
Registration Number tip70-10-33-10
Medium Letter
Locality Beechworth
Summary Letter provides an update regarding A.W. Howitt' s informants, circulars, and who further could provide information, such as Magistrates, Police Officers, Officials. Howitt also responds to Fison's previous letter with numbered points, and includes a discussion of certain language terms and their meanings.
Physical Description Handwritten in ink, signed and dated.