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τῶν νησιωτῶν—who might be expected to be willing to desert. Cf. c. 57.4.

εἴ τις βούλεται=τὸν βουλόμενον. No infin. is then added.

ἐπ᾽ ἐλευθερίᾳ—expressing the terms, as in ἐπὶ τούτοις, etc.

οὐ πολλαί—we cannot be sure that it was loyalty to Athens that prevented more from going over, though Grote seems to assume it.

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