E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in Drydens satire of Absalom and Achitophel, is meant for Sir William Jones, Attorney-General, who conducted the prosecution of the Popish Plot (June 25th, 1674); not the great Oriental scholar, who lived 17461794. The attorney-general was called in the satire Jonas by a palpable pun.