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68. The spirit of trust, Lacedaemonians, which animates your own political and social life,1 2 makes you distrust others who, like ourselves, have something unpleasant to say3, and this temper of mind, though favourable to moderation, too often leaves you in ignorance of what is going on outside your own country, [2] but instead of taking our words to heart, you chose to suspect that we only spoke from interested motives. And this is the reason why you have brought the allies to Sparta too late, not before but after the injury has been inflicted, and when they are smarting under the sense of it. Which of them all has a better right to speak than ourselves, who have the heaviest accusations to make, outraged as we are by the Athenians, and neglected by you? [3] If the crimes which they are committing against Hellas were being done in a corner, then you might be ignorant, and we should have to inform you of them: but now, what need of many words? Some of us, as you see, have been already enslaved; they are at this moment intriguing against others, notably against allies of ours; and long ago they had made all their preparations in the prospect of war. [4] Else why did they seduce from her allegiance Corcyra, which they still hold in defiance of us, and why are they blockading Potidaea, the latter a most advantageous post for the command of the Thracian peninsula, the former a great naval power which might have assisted the Peloponnesians?

1 The Corinthians complain of the delays of the Lacedaemonians,

2 Or, 'makes you distrustful of us when we bring a charge against others.'

3 Or, 'makes you distrustful of us when we bring a charge against others.'

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