Howitt to Fison 26 September 1878

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by ethnologists who will build up their theories thereupon.
On one point I noticed this mischevious statement of pseudo facts;
A large map is given showing the bounds the "tribes' [sic]- many of these
according to my view are clans. The one place which I
can put to the test Gippsland does not at all
agree with what the "Kurni" have told me over and over
again. The name of the tribes [underlined] are very unknown to me,
the boundaries are given with a precision of which I doubt the
accuracy and yet all this will be handed down
for posterity as "exact science'" so to say. I shall now have
to accurately define the tribe, the clans, the
divisions and their boundaries. Fortunately
for my purpose but not fortunately for theirs
several sick blackfellows are today going to arrive
at Sale Hospital where I shall this afternoon
interview and interrogate.
Yours faithfully (for the present)
more shortly

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Document Details

Date 26 Sept 1878
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 tip70-10-33-19
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Sale
Summary "Content of the letter relates to Howitt and Fison's forthcoming publication. Howitt noting he will be further questioning some Kurnai men regarding the accurate definition of the ""tribe, the clans, the divisions and their boundaries."" "
Physical Description Handwritten in ink, signed and dated. Two full pages and one half page.