To Edward Cardwell1    26 October 1864

Melbourne botanic

Garden 26/10/64

Right Honorable Sir.

Since I had the honor of administrating a department under her Majesty's Colonial Government of Victoria I have deemed it my duty to submit to the successive ministers for the Colonies in Her Majesty's Home Government the publications, emanating from my office. Hence I have ventured to transmit to you two small volumes recently issued;2 and I have been the more impelled to do so as being aware of your own highly meritorious exertions in the field of science. In appreciation of these and as a homage to you as the Chief Minister for the Colonies I solicit your permission to distinguish in the closing pages of the fourth volume of my fragmenta phytographiae Australiae one of the noble trees of North East Australia with your elevated name; it having fallen to my share to elucidate the vegetation of those mountainous jungle regions, which in its grandeur surrounds the landscape of the young settlement bearing your name.3

I have the honor to remain

in profound obedience your

Ferd. Mueller.


The Right Honorable

Edw. Cardwell, D.C.L., M.P.

&c &c &c

Annotated: '11723 Victoria' and 'Answered privately by Mr Parker' (letter not found). The letter is stamped ‘received 22 Dec 1864’. Associated minutes draw attention to '5003/63 from Sir Henry Barkly' [see M to H. Barkly 23 March 1863 (in this edition as 63-03-23d) and notes thereto] and ask 'Mr. Englehead' to dispose of them.
The works were not listed but they may have included the copy of volume 3 of Fragmenta phytographiae Australiae in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office library collection deposited in the King's College London library (QK 431 MUE) that is inscribed 'Praeclaro Eduardo Cardwell, &c &c &c librum maxima cum veneratione offert auctor' [To Edward Cardwell, &c &c &c this complete volume is offered with veneration by the author].
M erected Cardwellia(C. sublimis) in B65.04.01, p. 24. Cardwell is a Queensland coastal town north of Ingham.

Please cite as “FVM-64-10-26d,” in Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells accessed on 8 August 2022,