Documents associated with: Henley, William Ernest
Record 18 of 50
System Number: 04256
Date: [22/24 December 1891]
Recipient: William Ernest Henley
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N13
Document Type: ALS
21, CHEYNE WALK,
A Merry Christmas - if such a thing can be at that moment of duns and bedevliments - a merry Christmas from us both, my dear Henley, and a bright New Year! - May every thing be splendid - May you write more beautiful poems - and make more dainty books - May you put gold into your pocket - and may the gold on the little lady's head be more golden than ever! -
These and other good things [p. 2] we wish you - for you are delightful - and fight nobly - and fall upon the Fool - and rejoice in the discomforture of the Ass - and we like you! - and you send us greetings and charming tokens - and we long to see you -
3. 21, CHEYNE WALK
Printed address in yellow/orange ink.
5. fall upon the Fool
JW's language of 'the Fool' is derived from the biblical book of Proverbs. For example, Prov. 18.6, 'A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes'; Prov. 19.29, 'Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools'; and Prov. 26.3, 'A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back'.