Letter

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From J. B. Walker to H. Ling Roth concerning receipt of the second edition of the book. He is "exceedingly pleased" with it; "you have now said the final word on our unfortunate Aborigines". He has been on an another expedition with Johnstone and Morton to investigate a new native quarry, which is better than Plenty quarry,and has found a number of very good specimens. He shares Roth's scepticism about Moir's ideas on flints. Asks if Roth could possibly send a copy of the book to Beattie. He has recently met Fanny Cochrane Smith and believes she is "manifestly a half-caste", and the Bishop of Tasmania [bishop Montgomery] agrees with him. Fanny Cochrane Smith's rendition of aboriginal songs shows the Tasmanian language was "soft and pleasing".

Original reference W.31.