To Mordaunt Clarke   5 August 1878

Melbourne, 5/8/78.


I feel touched with your mark of attention, dear Major Clarke, in sending me a copy of the last work of your illustrious parent.1 I shall use the work always with reverence as from one, for whom I have felt since the 31 years of my scientific engagements in the Australian continent the very profoundest regard. I can assure you, that I shall cherish the memory of the Rev. W. B. Clarke always with the gladdest remembrance, both for his wide range of scientific discoveries and for the noble character of the departed savant. It is difficult for me to realize, that, I shall never get a generous letter from him any more.

With regardful salutation, I remain, dear Major, your

Ferd. von Mueller.

William Branwhite Clarke died at Sydney on 16 June 1878. The work referred to is probably Clarke (1878).

Please cite as “FVM-78-08-05,” 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 7 October 2022,