You have heard
the decrees, gentlemen of the jury. Perhaps some of the men named are no longer
alive. But their deeds survive, since they were done once for all. It is
fitting, therefore, to allow these inscriptions to hold good for all time, that
as long as any of the men are alive, they may suffer no wrong at your hands, and
when they die, those inscriptions may be a memorial of our national character,
and may stand as proofs to all who wish to do us service, declaring how many
benefactors our city has benefited in return.