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The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection

Since 1987 more than 15,000 letters written by and to the Australian botanist and explorer Ferdinand von Mueller have been located and edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells. The letters included here are a sample of the total, and lack the apparatus files. Users who need access to the citations or illustrations associated with specific letters can contact the editors at The full corpus will be mounted here in due course. Selected letters have been published in a print edition, Regardfully yours: selected correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller (Bern: Peter Lang, 1998–2006. See For further information about the project, see

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Ferdinand von Mueller
Charles Riley
21 March 1887
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Box 65, entry 2, RG7, Records of the Bureau of Entomology, National Archives, Washington, DC.For a published version of this letter, see B87.06.04, and for published extracts see 87.07.01 and B87.13.26. In B87.06.04, the letter from M is followed by one dated 25 March 1887 from L. M. Kirk, Forestry and Agriculture Branch, Wellington, N. Z., beginning 'On returning from a protracted tour of Forest inspection in the South, I find yur letter of 22nd December awaiting reply. My friend Baron von Mueller is mistaken that I have writen recently on the Icerya purchasi. …'. The article also includes extracts from other letters and from a letter to the Editor, Melbourne Argus, 6 August 1886, p. 3

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Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller Project