Lysanias to Theophilos, greetings.
I suppose not only that you are not ignorant of the ambition and zeal that we have for you, but also how from the beginning we protected you when we saw you falsely accused by Demeas and the way that there was cooperation among those associated with the guild (synergion) to have you condemned unjustly. After my brother Alketas, who stood surety for you and went to some trouble with his friends to produce you for trial within five days of the summons by means of a written bond or else pay the money that was claimed, you were so fainthearted as to slip away without our knowledge . Do you not know that, first, if you wished to sail down the river, we would have furnished you with money for the journey and provided you with counsellors . . . to return to confront your opponents and those associated with the guild. For we would have given you arguments that would have made your opponents wail.
Even now, then, if you are able on your own to present a petition, do so. For it was not expedient for us to write, and we have heard that it is possible for you to provide decrees that will punish them. You should know, then, that Demeas has made a petition to Phanias against Alketas, saying that after taking responsibility by a written bond to produce Theophilos for trial, he is not producing him, and that Phanias has written to Eperatos to withhold the crops of Alketas until he presents himself at hearing. Therefore, before Phanias comes up the river, try to come up yourself and be here before him; otherwise, if you are not here, Alketas will be condemned and will be in danger of having to pay the 300 drachmas. But if it is possible to obtain a decree, do so. If not, come up the river yourself so that you and Alketas may be acquitted and that, even through he did not produce you at the trial, Alketas may not have to pay the sum claimed, which has been stated above (i.e. 300 drachmas). You would do well to come quickly. Farewell. Year 38 on the 14th of Pachons.
(upside down) To the agent of Epistratos.
verso: Θεοφίλωι. τῶι παρὰ Ἐπι|στράτου.
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