Pierre Cox

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Pierre Cox

Manypeeplia Upsidownia

Paris, France
Astrophysicist (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)

To Mr. Thomas Bridges
Estancia Haberton
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
August 8, 1880

Dear Mister Bridges,

In London, I found a new plant Whose flower was a pure delight; “Manypeeplia Upsidownia” Is the name I gave to this plant.

Every day, before sunrise, the flower starts to sing in a perfect canon along the music of “Frère Jacques”, namely:

Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing! Ding, dong, dong. Ding, dong, dong.

I here send you seeds & a living plant in the hope that they arrive safely & well & that you can grow the “Manypeeplia Updsidownia” successfully in Patagonia. In doing so you do honor to the Science of your Country, Promote in Some Degree the Commerce & aid the Population. It is with uttermost curiosity that I await you report & hear from you if the flower also sings its song in Waghan or any other native language of Tierra del Fuego.

Most sincerely yours,
Edward Lear