From Henry Guppy to William Thiselton-Dyer   3 July 1885

July 3rd 1885

17 Woodlane


Dear Sir

I have received a letter from Baron von Mueller1 together with a leaf of the Litsea at first supposed to be an oak, which he asks me to forward to Sir Joseph Hooker and yourself.

I was unwittingly the cause of the misconception by informing Baron Mueller that this tree had true acorns: and as I have received so much kindness at his hands, I am anxious that in making the correction, reference should be made to my having wrongly described the fruit to him.2

My list of Ferns from the British Museum has not yet arrived, but I am now going to enquire about it, as I expected it some time since.

I am

Yours faithfully

H B Guppy



Letter not found.

The herbarium sheet is heavily annotated including a note [by Daniel Oliver?]:Described as a Quercus by F v Mueller, (Vic. Nat. dec/84) [i.e. B84.12.03, pp. 123-4] Mr Guppy having given him leaves only as of an Acorn-bearing tree.

See also M to J. Hooker, 10 December 1884, n. 5; M to J. Hooker, 6 January 1885, n. 4; and M to A. de Candolle, 28 April 1885.

Please cite as “FVM-M85-07-03,” 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 25 September 2022,