And I think, O conscript fathers, that we ought not to pass over that fact either
in silence,—that those illustrious men who are acting as ambassadors,
Lucius Paullus, Quintus Thermus, and Caius Fannius, whose inclinations toward
the republic you are thoroughly acquainted with, and also with the constancy and
firmness of that favorable inclination, report that they turned aside to
for the purpose of
conferring with Pompeius, and that they found him in a disposition very much
inclined to go with his troops to Mutina
, if he had not been afraid of offending the minds of the
veterans. But he is a true son of that father who did quite as many things
wisely as he did bravely. Therefore you perceive that his courage was quite
ready, and that prudence was not wanting to him.
And this, too, is what Marcus Lepidus ought to take care of,—not to
appear to act in any respect with more arrogance than suits his character.