Quoted in Peter Jacobi, The Messiah Book: The Life & Times of G.F. Handel’s Greatest Hit (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1982), p. 30. The rest is juicy, too: “verily an English ‘Solyman [Suleiman] the Magnificent’; who never walks abroad without a train of footmen at his heels, and…with a scented sponge ‘neath his nose, lest the breath of the vulgar herd should contaminate his sacred person.”