To R. Nash   27 May 1858

Melbourne, bot Garden,

27. May 1858.

My dear Mr Nash.

I beg to state for your information, that the men engaged at the gates during the two last shows of the hort. Society1 were the gardeners of this department, which had their usual allowance of wages from the Gov. funds, such I believe having been the case in former years, and I was happy to render on the occasion this assistance with my own staff, as the finances of the Society were in such a poor state. The men however got the spring-show (lasting two days) 2/6d allowed extra by the committee, but not at the last show, because the autumnal exhibition has been causing a financial loss to the society. The gate keepers had also on both occasions some beer & bread &c allowed by the Committee, involving I believe an expense of 2/6 for each individual.

I have no hesitation in giving you all these particulars, but I could not give them officially, as they must emanate from the Committee. I pray therefore you will under no consideration make use of my name in this affair, which, to tell you my candid opinion, should rather drop, than be made a public matter probably to the disadvantage of the society.

Humble yours

Ferd. Mueller

Horticultural Society of Victoria.

Please cite as “FVM-58-05-27,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 23 October 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/58-05-27