1 For one who is about to take any serious step, whether in speech or action, I assume that the proper course is to take his beginning from the gods. Accordingly I entreat all the gods and goddesses that what is best for the democracy of the Athenians and for those who bear goodwill toward the democracy, both now and for time to come, I may myself be moved to write and the members of the Assembly to adopt. With this prayer, having hopes of good inspiration from the gods, I address this message.

Demosthenes to the Council and the Assembly sends greeting.

1 Citations from sects. 6 and 12 of this letter are found in Bekker's Anecdota, Antiatticista pp. 111. 31. and 110. 5, a lexicographical work. This is evidence for authenticity.

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