From Henry Barkly   13 January 1860

13th Jany 1860

My dear Dr Mueller,

I have great pleasure in transmitting to you Copy of a Despatch from the Duke of Newcastle,1 signifying Her Majesty's assent to the application of the Philosophical Institute, for permission to assume in future the Title of the Royal Society of Victoria.

This assent seems to arrive opportunely just as we have got into our New Hall, and I trust it may be looked on as auguring increased exertion and more brilliant results from the labours of the Society.

Leaving it to you to take the most convenient opportunity of publishing the Despatch

I remain &c

(sd) Henry Barkly


Dr Mueller

&c &c &c2

On 8 November 1859 the Duke of Newcastle wrote to Barkly to inform him that Queen Victoria had decided to permit the Philosophical Institute of Victoria to assume the title of 'The Royal Society of Victoria' (No. 46, unit 12, p. 959, VPRS 1087, PROV).
On 23 January 1860, M read copies of the Duke's and Barkly's letters to a special meeting of the now Royal Society of Victoria (Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria, 1860, pp. liv-lvi). See also M to H. Barkly, 17 January 1860.

Please cite as “FVM-60-01-13b,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 28 November 2021,