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CDXXIV (A XI, II)

TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)
BRUNDISIUM, 8 MARCH
Worn out at length by the agony of my excessive sorrows, even if I had anything that I ought to say to you, I should not find it easy to write it; but as it is, I am still less able to do so because there is nothing worth the trouble of writing, especially as there is not even a gleam of hope of things being better. Accordingly, I no longer look forward to hearing even from you, though your letters always contain something that I like to hear. Therefore pray do go on writing, whenever you have a bearer at hand: though I have nothing to say in answer to your last, which nevertheless I received some time ago. For in the now long interval I can see that there has been a general change; that the right cause is strong; that I am being severely punished for my folly. 1 The thirty sestertia which I received from Gnaeus Sallustius are to be paid to Publius Sallustius. 2 Please see that they are paid without delay. I have written on that subject to Terentia. Even this sum is now almost used up: therefore concert measures with her to get me money to go on with. I shall perhaps be able to raise some even here, if I am assured that I shall have something to my credit at Rome. But until I knew that I did not venture to raise a farthing. You see my position all round: there is no sort of misfortune which I am not both enduring and expecting. For this state of things my grief is the heavier in proportion as my fault is the greater. He in Achaia 3 never ceases maligning me. Clearly your letter has done no good. Good-bye.

8 March.


1 In coming to Italy, and so committing himself in the eyes of the Pompeians, who now seem likely to win.

2 Gnaeus Sallustius, a friend and client of Cicero's, has brought him the thirty sestertia (about £240) at Brundisium, having borrowed it from Publius Sallustius, whom Cicero now wishes to be paid.

3 Quintus, who was at Sicyon or Patrae.

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