He made a speech to the people on that occasion,
advising you that you had the choice of three courses, either to break up the
processional plate, or to pay your taxes over again, or to recover arrears from
defaulters. You naturally preferred to collect your debts; and as by virtue of
his promises he had the upper hand, and enjoyed special powers to suit the
emergency, he did not think proper to observe the statutes made and provided for
such business, nor, if he considered them unsatisfactory, to propose new ones.
Instead of that, he moved at the Assembly some truculent and unconstitutional
decrees, and used those decrees for jobbery, with Timocrates as his jackal.