For my part, I cannot see why everybody who has any sort of
claim to be your benefactor should not expect to get this favour, if you bestow
it upon Charidemus,—Simon, for example, if you want a name, or Bianor,
or Athenodorus, or thousands more. No; if we make the same decree in favour of
the whole company, we shall unconsciously make ourselves a bodyguard for every
one of them, like jobbing mercenaries; but if we do it for one but not for
another, those who are disappointed will have a right to complain.