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[4] The laws, however, in accordance with which you sit as jurors, do not use this language. They do indeed allow the production of a special plea when there has been no contract at all at Athens or for the Athenian market; but if a man admits that a contract was made, yet contends that he has done everything that the contract requires, they bid him to make a defence on the merits of the case, and not to make the plaintiff a defendant.1 Not but that I hope to prove from the facts of the case itself that this suit of mine is admissible.

1 As happened, of course, when a plea in bar of action was introduced.

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