Melbourne, 13th November 1876.
I have the honor to lay before you the work I have compiled on the Habits of the Aboriginal Natives of Victoria.
It is not altogether confined to this colony. There is much in it that treats of the customs observed in other parts of Australia, and some information respecting the race that formerly inhabited Tasmania.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient servant,
R. BROUGH SMYTH.
The Honorable John A. MacPherson, M.P.,Chief Secretary, &c., &c.