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[35] However, grant that he went up of his own accord to the war, and that he departed, not only from you, but also from his brothers. These friends of your own entreat you to pardon him. I, indeed, at the time when I was present at, and mixed up in, all your affairs, remember well what was the behaviour of Titus Ligarius at that time, when he was city quaestor, with reference to you and your dignity. But it is of no importance for me to remember this. I hope that you, too, who are not in the habit of forgetting anything, except the injuries which have been done to you, since it is a part of your character, a part of your natural disposition, to do so, while you are thinking of the manner in which he conducted himself1 in the discharge of his duty as quaestor, and while you remember, too, how some other quaestors behaved,—I hope, I say, that you will also recollect this.

1 There is some uncertainty as to what Cicero alludes to here. Most of the commentators think that Ligarius must have been quaestor when Metellus and the rest of his colleagues endeavoured to prevent Caesar from taking the money from the public treasury; but Fabritius objects to this view, that at that time Cicero had no connection with Caesar's affairs, which is certainly true, while he says here that he had at the time that he alludes to. He thinks, therefore, that Cicero is alluding to what took place in the consulship of Lentulus and Philippus, (the year of Cicero's recall,) respecting the vote of pay to Caesar's army in Gaul.

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