Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.

Russell, Lord John

There is nothing he would not undertake; I believe he would perform the operation for the stone—build St. Peter’s—or assume (with or without ten minutes’ notice) the command of the Channel Fleet.
It is impossible to sleep soundly while he has command of the watch.
Sidney Smith.—Wit and Wisdom, 3rd Ed. 154. (Longmans.)