This we hold to be a just course;
and we beg you, men of the jury, to come to the aid of us who are being wronged,
and to punish those who devise evil and resort to sophistries, as these men do.
If you do this, you will be found to have decided in accordance with your own
interests, and will rid yourselves of all the rascalities of unprincipled men,
which certain ones of them are employing in regard to maritime contracts.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by A. T. Murray, Ph.D., LL.D. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1939.
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