answered, however, in the presence of witnesses, that I was ready to go with
them to the senate, and in conjunction with the senate or the Eleven1
to receive the slaves
for the torture, telling them that, if my suit against them had been a private
one, I should have accepted the slaves for the torture, if they had offered
them, but that, as it was, both the slaves and the information belonged to the
; and therefore the examination by the torture should be
conducted by a public official.