us Rufus, consul in 51 BC. Earlier, in 62, Sulpicius had prosecuted Lucius Murena for bribery in the consular elections; Cicero's speech for the defense survives. There are letters between Cicero and Sulpicius in book 4 of Cicero's collected letters: letters 1-4 and 6 are from Cicero, letter 5 is Sulpicius's letter of condolence on the death of Cicero's daughter in March 45, and in letter 12 Sulpicius tells Cicero about the assassination of Marcellus in May of that year. Sulpicius died in 43, and Cicero's ninth Philippic argues in favor of giving him a public funeral.
Sulpicia's guardian was her uncle Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, who proposed the measure giving Augustus the title pater patriae in 2 BC (see Suet. Aug. 58). Messalla had fought on the side of Brutus and Cassius at the start of the civil war, but ultimately joined Octavian's side. He was consul in 31 along with Octavian. Messalla is best known now, however, as the patron of a group of writers including Tibul