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DCCXLVII (A XV, 18)

TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)
ON THE ROAD TO TUSCULUM, 15 JUNE
THOUGH I think I told you sufficiently fully what I needed and what I wanted you to do, if it was convenient to you, nevertheless, having started on the 15th, and while on board the boat in the lake, I came to the conclusion that I must send Tiro to you, that he might take part in the business affairs now in progress. I am also writing to Dolabella telling him that if he has no objection I wished to start, and asking him for an order for sumpter mules for the journey. 1 Considering the circumstances—for I quite understand that, what with the Buthrotians and what with Brutus, "you are distracted with business, while I suspect that the trouble and even the superintendence of the latter's costly games falls to a great extent on you—well, as far as circumstances will admit, give me some little of your services: for I don't want much. In my opinion the state of affairs points to bloodshed, and that at a near date. You see what the men are, you see how they are arming. 2 I really don't think I am safe. But if you think otherwise, I should like you to write to me. For I should much prefer staying at home if I can do so safely.


1 As legatus of a proconsul Cicero would have the right to the services of some public mules or horses.

2 Referring again to the increasing bodyguard enlisted by Antony from the flower of the veterani. See p. 8, etc.

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