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I arrived at Astura on the evening of the 25th. For in order to avoid the heat I had rested three hours at Lanuvium. Pray, if it won't be a trouble to you, contrive that I shall not have to come to Rome before the 5th of next month-you can arrange it by means of Egnatius Maximus. Above all, come to a settlement with Publilius in my absence: as to which, write and tell me what people say. 1 "Much the people, of course, concern themselves about that!" 2 No, by heaven, I don't suppose they do. For it is already a nine days' wonder. But I wanted to fill my page. I need say no more, for I am all but with you unless you put me off. For I have written to you about the pleasure-grounds. 3

1 In regard to his divorce of his second wife Publilia.

2 Terence, Andr. 185.

3 See p. 308. "I have written to say that the postponement of the auction will postpone my arrival for two days, but I shall come now unless you say that it is postponed again."

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