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[44] Then even if it were certain that after this man's conviction no one would pay the tax or be willing to collect it, even so you must not acquit him, as you will see from this consideration. Upon the property-taxes from the archonship of Nausinicus—say three hundred talents or a trifle more1—you have a deficit of fourteen talents, of which he levied seven; but I am assuming that he levied the whole amount. Now you do not need Androtion to deal with the willing payers, but with the defaulters.

1 This figure is probably corrupt, being too large for a single year, and too small for the twenty-three years from the archonship of Nausinicus (378-377) to the date of this speech.

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