What will be the case if we are not to confer out of the camp? What camp is to
be chosen for the conference? He will never come into our camp;—much
less will we go to his. It follows, then, that all demands must be received and
sent to and fro by means of letters. We then shall be in our respective camps.
On all his demands I shall have but one opinion; and when I have stated it here,
in your hearing, you may think that I have gone, and that I have come back
again.—I shall have finished my embassy. As far as my sentiments can
prevail, I shall refer every demand which Antonius makes to the senate. For,
indeed, we have no power to do otherwise; nor have we received any commission
from this assembly, such as, when a war is terminated, is usually, in accordance
with the precedents of your ancestors, entrusted to the ambassadors. Nor, in
fact, have we received any particular commission from the senate at all.
And, as I shall pursue this line of conduct in the council, where some, as I
imagine, will oppose it, have I not reason to fear that the ignorant mob may
think that peace is delayed by my means?