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But when we reached Macedonia and found Philip returned from Thrace, we held a meeting;1 the decree under which we were acting was read, and we went over the instructions that had been given us in addition to the business of receiving the oaths. But finding that no one mentioned the subjects that were most important, and all were dwelling on minor matters, I spoke words which I must repeat to you.

1 This was a private meeting of the Athenian ambassadors to discuss what they should say to Philip at the coming audience.

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