[32] but when I approached him, and entreated him to be present and to aid me in any way he could, he said to me, ”Demo, I will do as you bid me; it would be cruel to refuse you. You must, however, consider both your own circumstances and mine. My own position is this: from the time when I first began to speak on public affairs I have not come forward to plead in a single private case, but . . .1

1 The speech is mutilated at the end, and the concluding words yield no satisfactory sense.

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