Howitt to Fison 11 October 1878

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Oct 11 1878

My dear Mr Fison
I found your manuscript
when I went to the Post Office this morning. I
have glanced over it with much interest but
shall not seriously consider it till I get back
to Sale (Monday next). I cannot however
make out that you have bracketed [?a list?]
the Maneroo Biduelli and Gippsland
classes. I think I must have mixed up
the information sent you. I fear much
also that I have not kept copies of the
Ngarrego Carrawong and Wakeruk information.
I think the Wakeruk are the Biduelli
- speaking from memory. My recollection
is that the [Carrawong - crossed out] Ngarrego married out of
the class and the Wakeruk in the class.
Please see what I say in case I cannot find
the original notes. At this moment I have
no [de- crossed out] idea where they are. But this marriage
although an exception would work if the totems
do not affect its laws. Among the Biduelli
(Wakeruk) I am sure they told me that
"every man is Merūng every woman Yūkembrūk"
- in this case also if correct the totems do
not affect the laws of marriage;

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Document Details

Date 11 October 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 tip70-10-33-21
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Bairnsdale
Summary Discussion regarding A.W. Howitt and L. Fison's forthcoming joint publication, Kamilaroi and Kurnai. Exchange of drafts and confirmation and correction of content. Howitt also presents an example of the type of diagrams he would like to present, titled: Malayan and Turanian on one page and Kurni on the last.
Physical Description Handwritten in ink, signed and dated.