only one or two ships raise less; those with a larger fleet raise more. Also
those who pay do not pay the sum, be it large or small, for nothing; they are
not such madmen. No, they purchase for the merchants sailing from their own
harbors immunity from injury or robbery, or a safe conduct for their own ships,
or something of that sort. They say that they are granting
“benevolences.” That is the name for these exactions.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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