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Re: Do right and fear no man, don't write and fear no woman

Posted by Antiquary on April 17, 2006

In Reply to: Re: 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.