XM225_ICDMS_lowres Andrew Lang to Howitt 1 December
[left column]of persons of various totems by descent.They may neither marry in their local totem group, nor in their totem by descent. If then they arrange connubism with a similar local totem group, you have the local totems become new phratries, and you
[right column]have the totems by descent automatically ranged, some in one, some in the other phratry.
This is found to bar“too near flesh", and the idea is carried out. [??] in the various [?reforms?]
This Dr Durkheim's theory. But he did notobserve that each local totem group mustby exogamy and female
hw0056 J. G. Frazer to Howitt 21 August 1906
casuse of anthropology at present.and there are no men livingor ever likely to live, so well ableto point out and correct mistakeson this subject as you four men.Do think of this. Spencer coulddeal with Durkheim, Lang,Hartland, N. W. Thomas, what's his name the German missionary,+c and I know that Rothwas annoyed by Lang's misappreh-ension of his facts. The volumemight be called "Facts and fancies about the Australianaborigines", or some such title.You might consult with Spencerabout this.
I owe you many apologies formy tardiness in answering yourletters. I delayed answering thefirst till I had received thereprints of your Folklore paperand they did not reach me tilltowards the end of July. As I mentioned in my former letter Ithink it best not to distributethese reprints till people begin toreturn from their holidays aboutthe middle of September.