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Though I have nothing to write to you about, yet I send you this that I may not omit a single day. On the 27th it is announced that Caesar will stop at Sinuessa. I received a letter from him on the 26th, in which he now talks of looking forward to my "resources," not my "aid," 1 as in his former letter. I had written to compliment him on the moderation of his conduct at Corfinium, and he answered me as follows: “

You judge me quite accurately—for my character is well known to you—when you say that nothing is more remote from my disposition than cruelty. For myself, as I take great delight in this policy for its own sake, so your approval of my action gives me a triumphant feeling of gladness. Nor am I shaken by the fact that those, who were allowed to go free by me, are said to have departed with the intention of renewing the war against me: for there is nothing I like better than that I should be what I am, they what they are. I should be much obliged if you would meet me at the city, that I may, as ever, avail myself in all matters of your counsels and resources. Let me assure you that nothing gives me more pleasure than the presence of your son-in-law Dolabella. This additional favour I shall owe to him 2 : for it will be impossible for him to act otherwise, considering his great kindness, his feeling, and his cordial goodwill towards myself.

1 The distinction between the plural opes and the singular opem can hardly be given by one word in English.

2 I.e., Cicero's presence at Rome.

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