Howitt to Fison 17/10/1877

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As soon as I know what is required
I will set to work with a will. At present
I am going on collecting as I can. I
want if possible to work out completely
the social + domestic life of the
Brabrolung blacks. round it may there
be grouped the fragmentary information
which I have as to other tribes.

I am exceedingly obliged for your intention
of getting your friend Mr Brown to send me
some rocks. They will be most acceptable
- if you have any rocks in Fiji other
than coral rocks and so on a few chips
the size of a shilling would be very acceptable.
The rocks which I am specially studying
are volcanic, igneous (granites +c)
and metamorphic (gneiss +c). If such
rocks occur near you, chips struck off
from the undecomposed centres of blocks
would enable me to prepare thin slices
for microscopic examination and
comparison with others I possess.

I will most certainly avail myself
of your kind suggestion + write to him.

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Document Details

Date 17 October 1877
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 tip70-10-33-15
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Bairnsdale
Summary Communication with Lorimer Fison, providing general update on some latest books of interest; looking forward to Fison's paper; discussion of his geological work; and that he has been compiling information about the social and economic life of the Gippsland tribes.
Physical Description Handwritten in ink, signed and dated.