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tip70-10-41-5 Gould to Fison

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The third schedule I am returning for my cousinMr C. Harper of the De Grey River, who is at presentpearling somewhere on the coast, but who I expectto see in every day. There is a large tribe onthat river + their dialect differs very materially fromthat used by the tribe on this the Harding River

I am sorry you should have been unableto decipher my caligraphy + can assure you youare not the first who has found difficulty on thesame score. I will therefore adopt your suggestionof spelling Native names with the letters separateaccenting the syllables according to their pronunciationThus Pal or Balyahry (considerable differenceof opinion exists here as to whether P or B isthe letter used by the Natives for many of their wordssome calling water pap-pa + some bab-ba)Kimĕra (not Kimēra) Porongha, and Bannaker:

I will endeavour before I close this to makeout a short list of words shewing the De GreyHarding + Exemouth Gulf terms for the samething

If you will explain by an example the exactsense in which you use the term reduplicationas applied to Polynesian languages I will seewhat instances of it occur here.

By "Totems" I conclude you mean "chiefs" butas far as has come under the notice of all I haveasked + of all I have seen myself nothing whateverin the shape of chieftainship or personal superiorityexists among the Natives of this country + anopinion advanced by a woman or child is as likelyto influence the rest as that of the oldest orbiggest amongst them.

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28th OctrI am rather unexpectedly on the point ofleaving here for Fremantle immediately. I have thoughwritten Mr A. McRae + Mr Viveash to whom I gavetwo of your schedules to forward them eitherdirect to you or to myself at the Revd GeoBastocks The Parsonage, Fremantle + Mr Harperwill probably write you with the one I have sent him as soon after he gets it as he can get itaccurately filled up.

I will endeavour whilst in Slacks Bay onmy to [sic] Fremantle to gather some informationas to the Natives of that locality.

All the Natives about here have more or less beencannabalistic in their habits until the Districtwas settled by whites about nine years agoI have heard men + even quite small boysfrom Exemouth Gulf admit having eaten humanflesh.

As you go inland up the rivers from the coast you find the Natives all circumcised but afteryou get past the De Grey the coast tribe isso also beyond that little or nothing in Personof the Natives either inland or on the coastthe next settlement beign Port Darwin

Regretting that I should be unable to forward your Schedules this mail

I remain Dear SirVery truly yoursLionel H L Gould

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