10."For the first point of our speech, especially now we seek to come into league with you, shall be to make good the justice and honesty of our revolt.For we know there can be neither firm friendship between man and man nor any communion between city and city to any purpose whatsoever without a mutual opinion of each other's honesty, and also a similitude of customs otherwise;for in the difference of minds is grounded the diversity of actions.
"As for our league with the Athenians, it was first made when you gave over the Medan war, and they remained to prosecute the relics of that business.
Yet we entered not such a league as to be their helpers in bringing the Grecians into the servitude of the Athenians but to set free the Grecians from the servitude of the Medes.
And as long as they led us as equals, we followed them with much zeal: but when we saw they remitted their enmity against the Medes and led us to the subjugation of the confederates, we could not then but be afraid.
And the confederates, through the multitude of distinct counsels unable to unite themselves for resistance, fell all but ourselves and the Chians into their subjection.And we, having still our own laws and being in name a free state, followed them to the wars;
but so, as by the examples of their former actions, we held them not any longer for faithful leaders.For it was not probable when they had subdued those whom together with us they took into league but that, when they should be able, they would do the like also by the rest.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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