That this distinction is
recognized both in the statutes and in your moral feelings I can prove by many
instances. Nausicles, for example, has been repeatedly decorated by you for the
money he spent out of his own pocket when serving as military commander. When
Diotimus, and on another occasion Charidemus, had made a present of shields,
they were crowned. Then there is our friend Neoptolemus, who has received
distinctions for donations given by him as Commissioner for sundry public works.
It would be quite intolerable that it should either be illegal for a man holding
any office to make presents to the government, or that, when he has made them,
instead of receiving thanks, he should be subjected to an audit.