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CDLIII (F XIII, 14)

TO M. IUNIUS BRUTUS (IN CISALPINE GAUL)
ROME (?)
I am very intimate with L. Titius Strabo, one of the most honourable and accomplished of the Roman knights. Services of every sort which belong to the closest intimacy have been interchanged between myself and him. P. Cornelius in your province owes him a sum of money. That case has been referred by Volcatius, the praetor urbanus, for trial in Gaul. I beg you more earnestly than if it were business of mine—in proportion as it is more honourable to take trouble about one's friends' money than one's Own—to see to the matter being concluded. Take it in hand personally, settle it, and do your best—so far as it shall appear to you to be fair and right—that Strabo's freedman, who has been sent to represent him, may bring the matter to a conclusion on the most favourable terms possible and get at the money. You will thus be doing me a very great favour, and at the same time will yourself have reason to know that L. Titius is in the highest degree worthy of your friendship. That you may bestow attention upon this, as you usually do on everything which you know me to wish, I warmly and repeatedly entreat you. 1


1 We have seen before how these private letters were sent to provincial governors on matters upon which they had to act judicially (see Vol. ii., pp.121, 122). They would be thought highly improper now. But we must remember that Cicero did not expect such formal letters to be very much attended to. See vol. i., pp.208, 241.

There is no means of dating these letters of introduction to Brutus.

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