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DCCCLVIII (F x, 21, § 7)

NEED I write to you in vindication of my brother, gallant citizen and thoroughly prepared for every kind of duty as he is? His hard work has brought on a feverish attack, which is persistent and rather troublesome. As soon as he is well enough he will not hesitate to hurry back to Rome, so as not to be wanting in his duty to the Republic anywhere. 1 I pray you to consider that the defence of my position is committed to you. I have no occasion for any ambition: I have in you a most devoted friend and—what I always desired-possessed now of the greatest influence. It is for you to consider the extent and time of your favours to me. The only request I make to you is that you give me Hirtius's place both in your affection and in the privilege of shewing you attentions.

1 Cn. Munatius Plancus was praetor. See p.187.

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