Howitt to Fison 12 July 1880

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of the wild Irish.

If we can then show that among the
Australians the Female capture
came under the class rules and
thus Lubbock's idea that a "warrior who
captured a beautiful girl would see the
customs as defiance and keep her
to himself; for the tribe had no rights over
her and the tribe therefore suffered no
wrong" (I quote from memory) - I say that
if he [can show -crossed out] shall then give him a
nut to crack that will cause [??] to
apply to the dentist if he tries.
I am arranging to get works of reference
from the Melbourne Library and
I hope to get them from [?Gumer?] the
[??] who has a large Australian
collection. I shall carefully analyse
the evidence. Whether I can do
this in time for our present work
I cannot say - but at any rate
it will be ready for after use,
if Messrs Lubbock + McLennan
want any more.
I have come accross the address
of two men whom I knew as
boys who are now in Queensland.

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Document Details

Date 12 July 1880
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 tip70-10-34-3
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Sale
Summary A.W. Howitt advises L. Fison, that he has written to almost forty correspondents on the subject of marriage by capture, in order to obtain further information and lists the questions he posted.
Physical Description Handwritten in ink, signed and dated. Additional annotation top of first page.