From Joseph Hooker   6 May 1873

May 6/73.

Dear Dr Mueller

I have little time to write by this mail, being much occupied with the illness of my Brother in law the Rev. G. Henslow whose Botanical notes you may have seen in "Nature" — & who is suddenly paralyzed, & his life despaired of: & which throws a heavy family responsibility on me.

Thanks for the packets of seeds, which arrived in very good order. The Hampshire has not yet arrived, & Bentham has taken up the Mimosiae for Martius Flor. Bras.,1 meanwhile.

I earnestly hope that the blue flowered Andersonia will arrive alive.

We have received the second fine Todea, many thanks; — The Cycas have made no show of life yet. They are tubbed in a stove.

The long Alsophila made a few fronds & then stopped — I have laid it on its side & clothed it with moss.

I have just had the Boronia megastigma drawn from your plant for the Magazine.2

The Xerotes & Lepidosperma baskets3 will be very acceptable, but I must deposit them as your gift in the Museum.

I sincerely hope that your troubles are ended; & that you may soon reign in peace again.

Excuse more at present as I am excessively occupied

Ever most sincy Yr

Jos D Hooker



Boronia megastigma






Bentham (1876).
Curtis’ botanical magazine, (1873) vol. 99, tab. 6046.
See M to J. Hooker, 30 January 1873.

Please cite as “FVM-73-05-06,” 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 25 September 2022,