Moreover, it has been reported to us that a thing has
happened in your country which is surely incredible, and which, if done
at all, is altogether the work of unbelievers, and impious men, and men
who know not the very name of the Lord; to wit, that some have gone to
such a pitch of cruelty and inhumanity, as to be detaining by force
certain captives who have made their escape. Dispatch ye
commissioners into the country, lest the thunderbolts of heaven fall
all too surely upon those who perpetrate such deeds.