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[28] That, too, is the meaning of the dispatch of a second general to the Hellespont. For if Diopithes is acting outrageously in detaining the merchantmen, a note, men of Athens, a brief note, could put a stop to all this at once; and there are the laws, which direct us to impeach such offenders, but not, of course, to mount guard over ourselves,1 at such a cost and with so large a fleet; for that would be the height of madness.

1 i.e. to keep a jealous watch over our own officers.

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