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Port Walcott W A
1st Octr 1873

Dear Sir

I must apologise for not answering your letters
of the 25th April + 5th May inst before now but you
will not be surprised when I tell you that I only
received them on the 17th July last + after the
vessel I received them by returned to Fremantle on
the 22nd Augt I was unfortunately away + unable to
write + since then we have had no communication
with the rest of the world so that you will
perceive that the means of communication in
West Australia are considerably behind what they
are with you in Victoria

Situated as I am I am not able to have
much constant intercourse with the Natives besides
I have not the intimate acquaintance with their
language which many longer residents in the
country have. I have therefore given two of your
schedules to two of the squatters in this district
to get filled up + will return them to you as
soon as possible after I receive them.

It is rather unfortunate that as a rule here those
best acquainted with the language + customs of the
Aborigines are uneducated + illiterate persons + who
would of themselves take no interest in the subject
of your researches or even know the meaning of the
term Ethnology.

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