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[The following letters of recommendation cannot be dated, and are put here as almost completing that class of letter, and as being no doubt earlier at least than B.C. 44, or at any rate than the March of that year. The first has been attributed by some to B.C. 63. If that is so, it is the only letter of the year of the consulship: but there is really no means of thus dating it, or indeed of dating it at all.]

I (F XIII, 76)

1 I have so many reasons for being intimate with Quintus Hippius, that nothing can be more closely united than we are with each other. If that were not so, I should have maintained my usual resolution of not being troublesome to you in any matter. For in fact you are my best witnesses that, though I was convinced that there was nothing I might not obtain at your hands, I have never wished to be burdensome to you. I therefore beg you again and again with warmth that you would for my sake treat Gaius Valgius Hippianus 2 as liberally as possible, and come to such a settlement, that he may be able to hold without obligation or charge the estate in the territory of Fregellae which he purchased from you. If I obtain that favour from you I shall consider that I have received a very signal kindness at your hands.

1 Though Fregellae was destroyed in B.C. 124, the name of the territory seems to have remained—the ager Fregellanus, and there was a station on the Latin road which was still called Fregellanum. It is possible that the town alluded to is Fabrateria in this district, which was made a Roman colony in B.C. 124, but it is not at all certain.

2 Apparently a son of Q. Hippius mentioned above, who had been adopted by a Valgius.

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