To defray the cost of their horses,1 I believe that money would be forthcoming from those who strongly object to serve in the cavalry—since even men actually enrolled2 are willing to pay in order to get out of the service—from rich men who are physically unfit, and also, I think, from orphans3 possessed of large estates.
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1 The mercenaries would not receive “establishment” money.
3 Orphans were exempt from state burdens until a year after attaining their majority. The meaning seems to be that during this period of exemption they might fairly be asked to contribute to such a fund.
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