E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
He bullied Pip when only a poor boy, but when the boy became wealthy was his lick-spittle, fawning on him most servilely with his May I, Mr. Pip [have the honour of shaking hands with you]; Might I, Mr. Pip [take the liberty of saluting you]. (Dickens Great Expectations.)