My object in
moving this decree was to serve Athens
, not Philip. Nevertheless these excellent envoys took so
little heed of it that they loitered in Macedonia
for three whole months, until Philip returned from
, having subdued the whole
country; though they might have reached the Hellespont
in ten or perhaps in three or four days, and rescued
the outposts by receiving the oaths of ratification before Philip captured them.
He dared not have touched them in our presence, or we should not have accepted
his oath, and so he would have missed his peace, instead of gaining both his
objects—peace and the strongholds as well.