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. . . by the course of events proclaims the fire of war. This letter of Alexander's broke my purpose.1 This letter, embracing war in characters of ink, almost seized me by the hand and roused me. It travelled through my thoughts and did not let me rest in peace; for the danger was at our gates.

1 Perhaps Alexander's letter demanding triremes from Athens (see Plut. Phoc. 21).

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