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                                 February 3, 1977

Dr. John K. Ling, Director
South Australian Museum
North Terrace
Adelaide
South Australia 5000

Dear Dr. Ling,

    Thank you for your letter of January 27, 1977. I can understand that the copy of my letter to Mr. R. B. Wilson came as something of a surprise to you. His letter of February 18, 1976,certainly came as a surprise to me. If you have not already received it, I believe that you will receive a copy of a similar letter to Mr. Wilson from Dr. A. C. Bishop, Keeper of Mineralogy, the British Museum. We have been keeping in close contact on this matter.

    The copy of Mr. Wilson's February 18, 1976 letter to me that you requested is enclosed. Mr. Wilson and I have been corresponding about the Mundrabilla meteorite since late 1967. I believe that I can understand some of the difficulties you may be experiencing.

    It is too late for me to consider sending the Woodbine meteorite to Mr. Wilson through you. The specimen went out at the same time as my letter. I have heard nothing from Mr. Wilson yet and am in no position to predict what his reaction will be. If he accepts my proposal, I will suggest that as a courtesy he send the sample to you for registration. and return to him. In any event, I will let you know what conclusion we reach.

    Please let me know if I can be of further help to you.

                               Sincerely,

                                Roy S. Clarke, Jr.
                                Curator
                            Division of Meteorites

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