Handel, George Frideric. Letter to Charles Jennens. Dublin, 29 December 1741.
Merritt Room Mus 693.1.370.15 BMEO. Facsimile. Taken from Die Musik 15, no. 2 (1922).
"I saw the continuation of your kindness by the lines you was pleased to send me, in order to be prefixd to your Oratorio Messiah, which I set to Musick before I left England." This letter is inserted into George Frideric Handel, Der Messias: Oratorium, rev. and ed. from the autograph score and the parts at the Foundlings Hospital in London by Arnold Schering and Kurt Soldan (Leipzig: C. F. Peters, [1939?]), in the BMEO. The first performance of Messiah took place in Dublin on 13 April 1742 under the composer's direction.