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never allow a captured maiden
to be [taken - crossed out] kept by a man of her own
class.

Children were always of the same class
as their mother. On this point I
am most confident as I was so
familiar with the whole affair
in my early days.

I have known men to have two
or three wives but [they - crossed out] I have been told
that some had four or five. Sometimes
the parents had a difficulty in getting
their daughter married to a proper
person within class limits, so that
they would give [them - crossed out] her to a man who
had one already to obviate the
difficulty. I think [the rule was - crossed out] one wife
was the rule, and the plurality the
exception.

A times [sic] where there was a great
gathering at Corroborees wives were
exchanged but always within class limits. But they also resorted to
this practice to avail some [foretold - crossed out] great
[calamity - crossed out] trouble when they fancied were impending [as for instance - crossed out] For instance
[there was once a great display of - crossed out]
[the Aurora Australis and they - crossed out]
[thought this heralded some great- crossed out]
[trouble. The cunning old men - crossed out]
[proposed exchanging wives - crossed out]
they heard that a great sickness was travelling
down the Murray and the cunning old men proposed exchanging wive [so they thought then + after - crossed out]
[in exchanging wives - crossed out] to ensure safety from it.

Yet at all other times [however - crossed out] the men

[written in left side margin]
[A - crossed out] Personal ills and misfortunes are
very generally regarded as following breech of customs
For instance at Roeburn Sth A a man's hair is supposed to
(tūah) (Mr Richardson)

[footnote at the end of the page]
Note - This command by the old men may be explained I think by [believing - crossed out] considering
that they [considered - crossed out] began using the calamity as a punishment for [departing from - crossed out] disregard of this [?errent?]
usage. One of the Darling River tribes near Menindie told me that he
considered the rapid extinction of the blackfellows as being caused
by their present disregard of the customs of their fathers. AWH

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