From Joseph Hooker   20 September 1862

Kew Sept 20/62

My dear Mueller

I have this day received with many thanks the cheque for £30.0.0. The beautiful little grass from Darling1 enclosed we cannot name at all. You had sent it before from the Barrier range.2 — I have sent it to Col. Munro at Bermuda, & will let you know his answer. When it comes.3

I must leave it to Bentham to write to you about the Australian Flora & your collections &c. I am quite unable to enter upon the subject being literally overwhelmed this year with work & visitors of all kinds so that my Botanical affairs are getting into sad arrears.

The Welwitschia has taken me many weeks study & will cost me many more to finish it. It will take 13 plates of the Linneean Transactions to do its scanty justice; for it is incomparably the most marvellous plant ever found in any country.4

I am delighted to hear that your health keeps good & that you are still so successfully & usefully employed, though I do hope you will take care of your health & take warning in time. My Father has been troubled all summer with his skin complaint, which affects his ancles & hence his walking — he is much better now, & goes to the country in a day or two.

Bentham is in the country, I do not know when he returns to Kew.

Ever dear Mueller

sincerely yr

J D Hooker


Harvey & his wife5 spent some weeks here, we like the latter extremely, she is very lively agreeable sensible & a charming companion to him in every way suited.



Darling river, NSW?
See J. Hooker to M, 24 December 1862.
J. Hooker (1863).
Harvey married Elizabeth Lecky Phelps on 2 April 1861.

Please cite as “FVM-62-09-20,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 26 October 2021,