From Frederick McCoy   June 1879



My dear Sir Ferdinand

I am indeed greatly obliged to you for the great trouble you have so kindly taken in writing to so many of our R.S.2 friends.

I am delighted with the small Botany you so kindly sent me with the woodcuts,3 I am sure it will be extremely popular and add greatly to the general debt of the public to you. I[t] will make our friend Mr G. E.4 ashamed of himself.

Ever my dear Baron

Very truly yours

Frederick M[c]Coy


Baron Sir F.v. Müller

KCMG &c &c &c

University of Melbourne. M initiated and sought support for the proposal that McCoy be elected FRS. See M to T. Huxley, 8 June 1879, M to W. Carruthers, 8 June 1879 (in this edition as 87-06-08f) and M to J. Hooker, 8 June 1879 (in this edition as 79-06-08b). McCoy's letter must have been written after that date.
R.S. [Royal Society] interlined in pencil.
Probably Gowen Evans, who represented Edward Wilson, long resident in England, in the management of the Argus and Australasian. McCoy may be referring to highly critical comments published in the Australasian, 31 May 1878, p. 18, on M’s having been knighted KCMG.

Please cite as “FVM-79-06-00,” 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 23 March 2023,