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[122] I immediately declined the appointment on affidavit,1 and when certain persons were clamorous and insisted that I should go, I declared that I would not leave Athens; but the nomination of Aeschines was still valid. After the dispersal of the Assembly, the envoys met and discussed which of them should be left behind,2 for the whole business was still in the clouds, and the future uncertain, and all sorts of conferences and discussions were going on in the market-place.

1 A citizen appointed to any office could decline it, if he took an oath before the Assembly that for reasons of health, etc., he was unable to serve.

2 To watch and counteract Demosthenes.

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