13."Nay, we could hardly do it, though we had many galleys spare, and were not constrained, as now, to keep watch upon them with our whole number.For should we abate though but a little of our observance, we should want provision;which, as we are, being to pass so near their city, is brought in with difficulty.
And hence it is that our mariners both formerly have been and are now wasted.For our mariners, fetching wood and water and foraging far off, are intercepted by the horsemen;and our slaves, now we are on equal terms, run over to the enemy.As for strangers, some of them having come aboard by constraint, return presently to their cities;and others having been levied at first with great wages, thinking they came to enrich themselves rather than to fight, now they see the enemy make so strong resistance, both otherwise beyond their expectation and especially with their navy, partly take pretext to be gone that they may serve the enemy, and partly, Sicily being large, shift themselves away every one as he can.Some there are also, who having bought here Hyccarian slaves, have gotten the captains of galleys to accept of them in the room of themselves, and thereby destroyed the purity of our naval strength.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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