You should further ask yourselves, gentlemen of the
jury, why, if they were not guilty, I should have gone out of my way to accuse
them. You will find no reason. Is it agreeable to have many enemies? It is
hardly safe. Perhaps I had an old standing feud with Aeschines? That is not so.
“Well, but you were frightened on your own account, and were coward
enough to seek this as a way of escape;” for that, I hear, is one of
his suggestions. But, by your own account, Aeschines, there is no crime, and
therefore no jeopardy. If he repeats the insinuation, do you, gentlemen,
consider this: in a case where I, who did no wrong whatever, was yet afraid lest
these men's conduct should ruin me, what punishment ought they to suffer who
were themselves the guilty parties?