12."They have also sent ambassadors for another army into Peloponnesus;and Gylippus is gone amongst the cities of Sicily, both to solicit such to join with him in the war as have not yet stirred, and of others to get, if he can, both more land soldiers and more munition for their navy.
For they intend, as I have been informed, both to assault our wall by land with their army and to make trial what they are able to do with their navy by sea.
For though our fleet (which they also have heard) were vigorous at first, both for soundness of the galleys and entireness of the men, yet our galleys are now soaked with lying so long in the water and our men consumed.
For we want the means to haul a-land our galleys and trim them, because the galleys of the enemy, as good as ours and more in number, do keep us in a continual expectation of assault, which they manifestly endeavour.
And seeing it is in their own choice to attempt or not, they have therefore liberty to dry their galleys at their pleasure;for they lie not, as we, in attendance upon others.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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