To Henry Barkly   17 January 1860

Royal Society,


The Philosophical Institute of Victoria

Melbourne, 17 Jan. 1860.

Sir Henry,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency's letter, dated 13. Jan 1860, accompanied by the copy of a despatch of his Grace the Duke of Newcastle to your Excellency, intimating that her most gracious Majesty the Queen has been pleased to elevate the Philosophical Institute to the Royal Society of Victoria.

Having laid these communications before the Council of the Royal Society I have been desired by my colleagues, to express to your Excellency our grateful appreciation of the honor conferred on us by our gracious Sovereign, and to acknowledge also most thankfully the support, which we have experienced from your Excellency on this occasion, and to pray that your Excellency will be pleased to convey to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, for the friendly attention shown to us by his Grace, the expressions of our deep obligations.

Whilst I join in your Excellency's just expectation, that the great honor, which the philosophical Institute was deemed worthy of, may augur well for our future exertions, I cannot suppress the hope, that the Royal Society of Victoria will ever be mindful of the high position it attained, and will never fail to justify that confidence evinced towards it in so auspicious a manner.

I have the honor to be,

Your Excellency's most obedient and humble servant,

Ferd. Mueller.


His Excellency, Governor

Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B., &c., &c.,

Patron of the Royal Society of Victoria.1

M's letter was communicated to the Secretary of State for the Colonies in a despatch of 3 February 1860 (National Archives, London, CO 309/53). See also M to the Duke of Newcastle, 17 January 1860.

Please cite as “FVM-60-01-17b,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 27 November 2021,