Howitt to Fison 25 September 1879

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estimates to meet out necessities
in the publishing line. I could see my
way clearer could I go with our first
venture - being a successful venture,
in hand. As it is I see our course to be
confined to one of the following:-
1. to await the good pleasure of the Smithsonian
the objection to this is delay - and in delay
is danger from people who "jump up behind"
into one's saddle.
2. to present our memoir to the Anthrop. So. London
But here I should object to submit our essay
to their good pleasure; it would seem
like hawking out wares about; and I
do not suppose they would buy a pig in a poke
nest - Lubbock is the president and it
would be bearding the lion in his den
-but this I should rather like than otherwise
if the memoir were only accepted and
published. I fear we should count upon
his opposition.
3. To publish through the Royal Society here
I have written to Ellery sounding him
on the subject. But in this case the
cost of publishing might be beyond
their funds.
4. To publish ourselves. In this case
we could appear at once and
Robertson could push our
venture in the publishing world
here and at home.

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Document Details

Date 25 September 1879
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 tip70-10-33-26
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Sale
Summary A.W. Howitt advises L. Fison, that he has made enquiries about publishing; possible options and discusses Lubbock.
Physical Description Handwritten in ink, signed and dated. Additional annotation top of first page.