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Topic - Quotation help, please

Martin W on 01 Mar 2013
I'm trying to track down a quotation which I dimly remember hearing a number of years ago. The sense of it is roughly: "If someone tries to take my watch by force I will fight them with all my strength, but if they say they are going to take me to law to get it from me then I shall hand it to them without delay and consider myself lucky to have escaped so lightly."

My recollection is that the original was expressed in rather more archaic language. I think it might have been from someone like Dr Johnson, although I haven't found it in any lists of quotations attributed to him. The valuable item might have been a purse, or a wallet rather than a watch.

Does the above description strike a chord with anyone? I'd really like to be able to confirm the proper attribution for the sentiment.
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