To Helena Forde   26 May 1881



Your kind letter, dear Madam, remained unanswered for some days, as I had a great deal of work in my department. Meanwhile I went purposely to the atelier of a photographer, to have after about 10 years other poor photograms of mine done, and beg now to offer for your & your kind sisters acceptance a card of each little picture.1 I hope you both will honor me with your carte de visite also now, for my album of photograms of scientific correspondents.2 I am glad of the prospect of obtaining fungs from you & your Lady friends. The little collection of mosses and lichens arrived, and with them the sketches of fungs. As my Departmental means are very en-narrowed, and as prosperity has never smiled on me, I can not afford to be generous, but you will recognize my good will at all events.

With regardful remembrance

Ferd. von Mueller


Best compliments also to your talented sister.

Kindly remember, that it would not be possible for me to purchase specimens always at the present remuneration, which I have mainly accorded for the drawings of your clever hand

Are the mosses &c from Hunter's River

Cards not found.
There is no photograph of either of the Scott sisters in M's surviving photograph album at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Please cite as “FVM-81-05-26a,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 17 September 2021,