To William Thiselton-Dyer   4 October 1883



The post of this day, dear Mr Dyer, brought me your letter of the 26. July,1 in which you give the sad tidings of Mr Bentham’s physical extreme prostration. I had no idea, that he was so far gone, altho’ I felt afraid, that he was overtaxing his nervous system with that severe and unbroken work, which he carried on for the past years, when he should have had more mental rest.2 The freshness of his mind at so venerable an age as his is marvellous. When you next visit the venerable savant, please express to him my full sympathy and add a hope of mine that he may be reinvigorated again and be spared yet for a long time to come.

Regardfully your

Ferd. von Mueller

Letter not found.
Bentham died on 10 September 1884.

Please cite as “FVM-83-10-04a,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 22 September 2021,