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And you should consider that, in the Peiraeus party, those who are in highest repute, who have run the greatest risk, and who have rendered you the most services, had often before exhorted your people to abide by their oaths and covenants, since they held this to be the bulwark of democracy: for they felt that it would give the party of the town immunity from the consequences of the past,1 and the party of the Peiraeus an assurance of the most lasting permanence of the constitution.

1 Those who had remained in Athens under the Thirty were for long held in suspicion by the restored democrats.

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