From George Bentham   8 July 1870


July 8 /70

My dear Sir

I send off by this post eight more sheets of the Flora Australiensis and have just corrected the first proof of the last sheet of the volume and sent the Index to the printers — this has however driven me so hard to the last day of my stay in town that I have very little time to write these few words to you to [save] this mail. The Proteaceae of your herbarium are now all sent off three cases were dispatched three or four days since and I have no doubt that the bill of lading has been duly forwarded to you. I am leaving town tomorrow on a series of visits in the country and shall not be back till the end of September when I hope to set to work at Compositae for Genera Plantarum1 which I must finish before I can resume Flora Australiensis

I presume it will still be some weeks before the 5th vol. is actually published2 — As soon as it is ready Messr Reeve & Co have instructions to forward the thirty copies to your Government in the usual manner.

I have to thank you for a letter received some three weeks since.3 I was very sorry indeed to learn that the question of your position at Melbourne was not yet settled to your satisfaction but I sincerely trust it may be all set right by this time.

Yours very sincerely

George Bentham


Dr Ferd Mueller CMG.

&c &c &c




Bentham & Hooker (1862-83 ), vol. 2, part 1, pp. 163-533, published April 1873. Bentham had effectivey completed the work by December 1871, when he resumed work on Flora Australiensis (G. Bentham to M, 25 December 1871).
Bentham (1863-78), vol. 5, was published in August1870 (G. Bentham to M, 27 October 1870).
Probably M to G. Bentham, 22 April 1870.

Please cite as “FVM-70-07-08,” 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 22 September 2023,