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Thank you for those letters, which have given me great pleasure, especially that of my friend Sextus. 1 You will say: "Yes, because he compliments you." I suppose, by Hercules, that it is partly the reason: but all the same, even before I came to that passage, I was greatly delighted both by his sentiments on politics and his style of writing. Servius, however, the peacemaker, and his young secretary seem to have undertaken a mission and to be on their guard against all possible quibbles of the law. However, what they ought to have been afraid of was not "the joining hands in legal claim," but what follows. 2 Pray write.

1 Sextus Peducaeus.

2 That is, sed magis ferro rem repetunt, "but rather enforce their claim by the sword" (see vol. i., p.350). What Servius Sulpicius was doing we don't know, perhaps trying to negotiate terms between Antony and the assassins.

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