But he, as he saw that, if he did not obey your authority,
he should not be acting like himself; but that if he did obey, then that duty,
undertaken for the welfare of the republic, would be the end of his life;
preferred dying at a most critical period of the republic, to appearing to have
done less service to the republic than he might have done.
He had an opportunity of recruiting his strength and taking care of himself in
many cities through which his journey lay. He was met by the liberal invitation
of many entertainers, as his dignity deserved, and the men too who were sent
with him exhorted him to take rest, and to think of his own health. But he,
refusing all delay, hastening on, eager to perform your commands, persevered in
this his constant purpose, in spite of the hindrances of his illness.