Well, you appointed him a second
time, men of Athens
, as an envoy to
receive the oath of ratification; and I shall shortly have to tell you how he
again wasted time, mishandled all the affairs of the commonwealth, and
repeatedly fell out with me in regard to them when I tried to stand in his way.
However, by reason of the persistent misconduct of these men, and their
disobedience to instructions, we came back from the embassy for the
oaths—that is the embassy which is the subject of the present
scrutiny—without having realized any single one, great or small, of
the advantages which were promised or expected when you approved the
peace,—with nothing but deception and disappointment. Then we repaired
to the Council. There are many eye-witnesses of what I am about to relate, for
the Council-house was thronged with spectators.