E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Honest (h silent).
Honest Jack Bannister. An actor in London for thirty-six years. (17601836.)
After his retirement he was once accosted by Sir George Rose, when Honest Jack, being on the other side of the street, cried out, Stop a moment, Sir George, and I will come over to you. No, no, replied his friend, I never yet made you cross, and will not begin now.Grinsted: Relics of Genius.