Posted by Antiquary on April 17, 2006
In Reply to: Do right and fear no man, don't write and fear no woman posted by Smokey Stover on April 16, 2006
: : Any ideas on the origin of "Do right and fear no man, don't write and fear no woman"?
: It is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, but I have doubts. SS
The first half has been traced back to about 1450 in the form 'The beste wysdom that I Can, Ys to doe well, and drede no man'. According to Burton Stevenson's "Home Book of Proverbs" it was the columnist Luke McLuke (J S Hastings) who first said 'Do right and fear no man, don't write and fear no woman'. This, apparently, he wrote in the Cincinatti Enquirer around 1918.