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To Ronald Gunn   7 July 1853

Melbourne, Collin Street, N 70 East

7. July 1853.

Sir

Upon the suggestion of his Excellency Governor La Trobe, I take the liberty of adressing this few lines to you with my greatest desire to establish henceforth a botanical correspondence and a mutual exchange of plants with a gentleman, who has so largely contributed towards the development of the Tasmanian Flora.

Having been engaged for nearly 6 years now more or less in the examination of Australian plants, I am happy to say, that I am enabled to offer named specimens of a large number of species foreighn to your shores for such as I not yet possess from V.DL.1

Should your time, Sir, and the [store] of your collections permit this, I would find you a list of those which I would be delighted to receive for the increase of the material for my "Flora Australiae universa." and would return you an equal number, which will prove, I believe, entirely new to your collection.

Could you spare me 2 specimens of each species, I would acquire then one for my private collections, giving such in return as I obtained before the office I am holding now was entrusted to me.

I have the honor, Sir, to subscribe myself your obed. and devoted servant

Dr Ferd. Mueller.

 

Ron. Gunn, Esq. J.P. &c

Footnotes

Van Diemen's Land.

Please cite as “FVM-00091,”εpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 15 December 2018, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/FVM-00091