tip70-10-24-3 Taplin to Fison and Smithsonian Schedule
Our Governor Sir JamesFerguson sent it. Inmaking up this table Inoticed that the languagesmight be classified bythe characteristics of their pronouns. One class such asours here having mono-syllabic pronouns while another class of which the Port Phillip blacks wouldbe representatives havepollysyllabic [sic] pronouns.Murrumbeek. I & so on.I think that in thisdifference of pronouns wehave an evidence of difference in race.Some tribes are pureof the one race, and somepure of the other, andothers formed of amixture of the two races.Any one who has residedlong with natives willhave noticed the strikingdifference there is inthe contour of face
tip70-10-24-4 Taplin to Fison 7/1/1873
The Revd L FisonMy dear SirI have to apologize for nothaving answered your letters of the 16thNovr and 13 Decr last before now. Ithas been harvest time, and is so stilland I have been very busy. I have the management of a large Farmin connection with this Station in addition to other duties, and the work has absorbed the whole of mytime. I especially thank you for your last letter, as I had no ideathat the paper on Native Languagehad been published and am verymuch obliged to you for letting meknow of it. At the request ofthe Aborigines Department in the Government of this Colony, I sent intwo papers, one on the Diseases of the Aborigines, and another, with a table of languages, on the language of the Aborigines. His Excellency SirJas Fergusson sent them to Englandand I received through him thethanks of Earl Kimberly, and anexpression of opinion from MaxMuller that they were of value.