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To James Balmain   5 July 1853

Melbourne, Collin Street, N. 70

5 July 53.

Sir

Refering to some statements made in the schedulae of the estimates for the bot. gardens, I beg to inquire, wheather you consider it probable, that the erection of a building for the gardeners will be granted and wheather there will be any likelyhood of its becoming finished this winter.

Should, as I fear, this not be possible, I would take the liberty to recommend the enlargement of the existing gardeners house with one backroom 10 x 12' (with a large window) to be built of brick, or if this should increase more expenses as may be granted by the Legislature and require more than some weeks time then to be constructed from weatherboard.

I trust, Sir, that I will be excused for recommending this matter to your special consideration, not only as you would greatly contribute to accelerate my b[ot.]1 labours during the winter, but also as I did not wish to deprive the gardeners of part of their rooms.

I have the honor to be, Sir, your

devoted Servant,

Dr. Ferd. Mueller, Gov. Botanist

 

The Colonial Architect

Melbourne2

Footnotes

MS torn.

Quarters for M were built in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens in 1853 at the cost of £44.7.6 (Unit 1, VPRS 957, PROV).

See also L. Gilles to M, 16 July 1853.

Please cite as “FVM-00090,”εpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 15 December 2018, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/FVM-00090