Howitt to Fison 11 October 1878

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for the rest. It seems to me [that - crossed out] to
be an example in which the advance
in family has been exceptionally more
rapid as regards the language than elsewhere
in Australian tribes. It forms a complete
contrast to the Kamilaroi - in the former
the husband jealously keeps his wife to
himself while in the latter she is the
wife of a group. I have agian today asked
a lot of men - Brabrolung + Tatungolung
whether the Kurni ever lent his wife to a
friend - they all positively said "We would not
do it - we have heard of such things among
the Brajerak" Will it not be well when
a sweeping statement is made as at p. 30
as to marriage, to shew that there may be other
exceptions such as that of the Kurni. I shall
go on making enquiries as questions arise
but I do not expect to vary or contradict
what I have written but to confirm and
expand. I shall be anxious to hear what
[?items have?] struck you after reading my
contribution. I do not at present see
how the two parts can be interwoven
- I think we can amalgamate in the
general statements - that is if I can do so
without taking too much of your labours.
We shall see - things always work

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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.