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[957a] but nevertheless it is a proper thing to reiterate twice,—yea, thrice,—the truth.1 The old lawgiver, however, may pass over all such legal observances as are trivial and easy of discovery, and the young lawgiver shall fill up his omissions. In dealing with the private law courts this method would be reasonable, but in connection with the public courts of the State, and all those which the officials have to use in managing the affairs which belong to their several offices, there exist in many States quite a number of admirable ordinances of worthy men;2 and from these the Law-wardens must construct a code which is suitable to the polity we are now framing,

1 Cp. Plat. Laws 754c.

2 Alluding, probably, to Athenian law in particular.

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