38."But they are not such, neither towards others nor towards us.For being our colony, they have not only been ever in revolt, but now they also make war upon us and say they were not sent out to be injured by us.
But we say again that we did not send them forth to be scorned by them but to have the leading of them and to be regarded by them as is fit.
For our other colonies both honour and love us much:
which is an argument, seeing the rest are pleased with our actions, that these have no just cause to be offended alone, and that without some manifest wrong we should not have had colour to war against them.
But say we had been in an error, it had been well done in them to have given way to our passion, as it had been also dishonourable in us to have insulted over their modesty.But through pride and wealth they have done wrong, both in many other things and also in this;that Epidamnus being ours which whilst it was vexed with wars they never claimed, as soon as we came to relieve it, was forcibly seized by them, and so holden.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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