17.But Demosthenes, staying, made preparation for the voyage to set out early the next spring;and sent unto the confederates, appointing what forces they should provide, and to furnish himself amongst them with money and galleys and men of arms.
The Athenians sent also twenty galleys about Peloponnesus, to watch that none should go over into Sicily from Corinth or Peloponnesus.
For the Corinthians, after the ambassadors were come to them and had brought news of the amendment of the affairs in Sicily, thought it was well that they had sent thither those other galleys before;but now they were encouraged a great deal more, and prepared men of arms to be transported into Sicily in ships;
and the Lacedaemonians did the like for the rest of Peloponnesus.The Corinthians manned fiveand-twenty galleys to present battle to the fleet that kept watch at Naupactus, that the ships with the men of arms, whilst the Athenians attended these galleys so embattled against them, might pass by unhindered.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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