To Frederick McCoy   5 February 1858

Melbourne bot. Garden

5. Febr. 1858.

My dear Prof. M'Coy.

I have been instructed by the office of public work,1 to send the Gazelle, which died last night, to the Museum for preservation, with which request I immediately comply. The unfortunate creature was but a few days in our possession, and came in such an emarcid & tabescent state, that I believe it would not have recovered, altho' the cause of its death was a fracture of its foreleg, caused by the chasing some dogs gave it which got into the gardens. The animal, altho' quite safe, seems to have rushed violently against the wirefence and got its leg entangled. I set the bone and attended to it carefully, but was unable to save the creature.

Your humble & attached

Ferd. Mueller.

See T. Balmain to M, 5 February 1858.

Please cite as “FVM-58-02-05b,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 23 October 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/58-02-05b