To Joseph Hooker 1    19 May 1871



It must be quite elevating to you, dear Dr Hooker, to see a Hooker nepos arise to continue the glory of your & your fathers name. How promising, at so early an age. What would I give could I say the same! I lost the best years of my life here in struggling against impossibilities and almost unsurmountable obstacles.

I see your sons able remarks now from time to time in "Nature".2

Prof Bolander says Pinus Sinclarii is the oldest name for Pinus radiata (P. insignis). Is this so? According to Pritzel I should think not.3

Always your regardful

Ferd. von Mueller


Pinus insignis

Pinus radiata

Pinus Sinclarii

MS annotation by Hooker: 'Ansd [Aug] 4.' See J. Hooker to M, 4 August 1871 (in this edition as 71-08-04a).
No 'remarks' in Nature vols 1-3 (November 1869–April 1871) that could have led to M's false conclusion have been identified.
Pinus sinclairii? See J. Hooker to M, 4 August 1871. Bolander's comment has not been found. Pritzel (1851) lists 1841 as the date of the publication by W. Hooker and Arnott in which P. sinclairii was named (i.e. W. Hooker and Arnott [1841], a copy of which M did not own in 1865 or list in 1868 [B65.05.01, B69.07.03]). Don (1837), p. 442, in a paper read in 1835, named P radiata , and Douglas is given in Loudon (1838), vol 4, p. 2243 as the author of P. insignis . M owned all volumes of Loudon, probably in the second edition of 1844 which remains in the library at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Please cite as “FVM-71-05-19c,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 3 December 2021,