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[3] I did indeed suppose, gentlemen of the jury, that I had to face my trial on the charge referred, not on my character; but, as my opponents are traducing me, it is necessary to deal with all1 of their points in my defence. So then, to begin with, I will inform you as to the writ against me.

1 Yet, in what follows, we are spared the usual commendation of the speaker's character. He means, apparently (see the next sentence), the whole story of how he came to be fined.

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