From Ernest Giles1    12 August 1874

Adelaide 12th Augt 74

My dear Baron

herewith I send you a lithograph of my map2 at least of what Mr Goyder has chosen to call my map.— he has taken upon himself to reduce it to its lowest & smallest dimensions so as to make it appear that I have done nothing to speak of more than Gosse & his sweeping note on the face of it to one who is not conversant with the matter would take away from me all the Southern line shown on the map & a great portion of the northern — for Mr Goyder says (ignoring my discovery & travels on north side of Lake Amadeus) he says that the Country from Kings Creek in Gills range & thence to a point west — was previously explored by Mr Gosse — I have no desire to detract from Mr Gosse or his discoveries but when you see this map I have sent you & my marked line on it you will see how little Mr Gosse explored as I was all round him behind & before — & a great deal further to the west from his furthest than Mr Goyder has allowed to appear — there is another thing Gosse seems to have been ordered to jam every thing into S.A. — & in doing so he has brought every feature more Eastward than it really is by about 30 miles near Mt Olga & more than 50 further west & by so doing has ran a point on my track some 50 miles west of Stuarts line right on to Stuarts track of course Dr. Petermann will discover this in an instant & blame me — there is also another thing I have to complain off. Gosse professedly took no observations for Longitude & travelled only by dead reckoning & on the face of Gosses Journal there is a short paragraph signed by Mr Goyder which I enclose3 & which makes or tries to make a fool of me — whereas the folly is all on the other side — however I shall say no more on the subject now — I regret to have to say that the complete list of subscribers that you sent me to Perth arrived here just too late to enable me to place the names of the last 6 gentlemen on the map I saw Mr Goyder about it this mor[nin]g & he said it was now impossible as the other copies had gone home already —[…]4

Forwarded by M to Petermann with his letter of 6 October 1874; published in Voigt (1996), pp. 125-6. MS annotation by Petermann: '(Giles an Mueller). Erh. 6.12.1874' [(Giles to Mueller). Received 6 December 1874].
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Please cite as “FVM-74-08-12,” 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 10 August 2022,