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DLXIX (A XII, 34, 35.1)

I could get on here even without Sicca—for Tiro is better—very comfortably considering my troubles, but as you urge me to take care not to be caught 1 (from which I am to understand that you are unable to fix a day for the departure I mentioned), I thought it would be more convenient to go to Rome, which I see is your opinion also. Tomorrow therefore I shall be in Sicca's suburban villa; thence, as you advise, I think I shall stay in your house at Ficulea. 2 We will talk about the subject you mention when we meet, as I am coming in person. I am extraordinarily touched by your kindness, thoroughness, and wisdom, both in carrying out my business and in forming and suggesting plans to me in your letters. However, if you come to any understanding with Silius, even on the very day on which I am to arrive at Sicca's house, please let me know, and above all, what part of the site he wishes to withdraw from the sale. You say "the farthest"—take care that it isn't the very spot, for the sake of which I thought about the matter at all. 3 I enclose a letter from Hirtius just received, and written in a kindly spirit.

1 By Publilius and his mother and sister. See p.225.

2 Some villa of Atticus's at Ficulea or Ficulnea, about ten miles from Rome on the Via Nomentana.

3 That is, the part of the property on which he would build the memorial fane to Tullia.

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