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DCXI (A XII, 5, § 2)

TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)
TUSCULUM, 31 MAY
Yes, inquire about Caelius 1 as you say; I know nothing. We ought to ascertain his character, not only his means. Do the same as to Hortensius and Verginius, if you feel any doubt: yet I don't think you will easily find anybody more eligible, as far as I can see. Yes, negotiate with Mustela in the manner you suggest, when Crispus arrives. I have written to tell Avius to inform Piso of the facts, with which he is well acquainted, as to the gold. 2 For I quite agree with you: that business has dragged on too long, and we must now call in money from all directions. I have no difficulty in seeing that you neither do nor think of anything but what is to my interests, and that it is by my business that your eagerness to visit me is foiled. But I imagine you by my side, not merely because you are employed in my service, but also because I seem to see how you are acting. And, indeed, not a single hour which you devote to my business escapes my observation. I see that Tubulus was praetor in the consulship of and Purser; but it is very likely corrupt. Dr. Reid, in particular, rejects a me igitur omnia. Lucius Metellus and Quintus Maximus. 3 At present I should like to ascertain in what Consulship Publius Scaevola, the Pontifex Maximus, was tribune. I think it was in that of Caepio and Pompeius : 4 for he was praetor in the year of Lucius Furius and Sextus Atilius. 5 Please therefore tell me the year of Tubulus's tribunate, and, if you Can, on what charge he was tried. And pray look to see whether Lucius Libo, who brought in the bill about Servius Galba, was tribune in the consulship of Censorinus and Manilius, or T. Quinctius and Manius Acilius. 6 Also I am puzzled about Brutus's epitome of the history of Fannius. I put down what I found at the end of that epitome, and taking it as my guide, I stated that Fannius—the author of the history-was son-in-law to Laelius. But you proved to demonstration that I was wrong. Now Brutus and Fannius refute you. However, I had good authority—that of Hortensius—for my statement as it appears in the "Brutus." 7 Please therefore set this matter right.


1 See previous letter.

2 See p.265.

3 B.C. 142. L. Tubulus was accused of taking a bribe when presiding at a trial for murder (de Fin. 2, § 54).

4 B.C. 141.

5 B.C. 136.

6 B.C. 150 or 149. The crime of Servius Galba was the treacherous treatment of the Lusitani, whom he sold as slaves, though they had surrendered on promise of freedom. He was impeached by L. Scribonius Libo in B.C. 147 (according to Livy, Ep. 49), who was supported by one of the last speeches made by Cato the censor. See Brutus, § 89, where Cicero says that the Lusitani were killed.

7 Brutus, § 101.

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