(The) is meant for Dr. Burnett, whose figure was lusty.
“The noble Buzzard ever pleased me best.”
Dryden: Hind and Panter, part iii. 1121.
Of small renown, 'tis true; for, not to lie, We call [your buzzard] “hawk” by courtesy.
Dryden: Hind and Panther, iii. 1122-3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894