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Demosthenes, Letters (ed. Norman W. DeWitt, Norman J. DeWitt), To Heracleodorus (search)
would also be to me one of the most grievous disappointments if, after having started out
to feel friendly toward you, I should be compelled to take the opposite decision instead,
and if I assume that I have been slighted and deceived, even if I shall deny it, believe
me, it will be so. If you have looked down upon us
because we are not yet among the foremost men,If the
letter is genuine, this evidence of date would point approximately to 355 B.C. The First Philippic was delivered in 351.
reflect that you too were once a young man of the same age as we are now, and that you
have reached your present position through speech and action in public life. Such success
may attend me also. For deliberative oratory I have mastered alreadyDeinarchus in Din. 1.35 may be making a
taunting reference to this boast. and, with Fortune lending a hand, the practical
experience also may follow.