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 Another meeting is given to petitions, at which anyone who wishes, after placing a suppliant-branch,1 may speak to the People about any matter he may wish whether public or private. The two other meetings deal with all other business, at which the laws enact that three cases of sacred matters are to be dealt with, three audiences for heralds and embassies, and three cases of secular matters. And sometimes they do business without a preliminary vote being taken. Also the Presidents give a first audience to heralds and to ambassadors, and to the Presidents dispatches are delivered by their bearers.
1 An olive-branch wreathed with wool was carried by the 'suppliant' and placed on the altar in the assembly.