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Marcus Cicero sends warmest greeting to Publius Sulpicius1, imperator. Though in these times it is not my custom to appear often in the senate, yet, when I read your letter, I made up my mind that I could not omit supporting the honour proposed for you, with due regard to the claims of our old friendship and of the many acts of kindness that have passed between us. Accordingly, I attended and had great pleasure in voting for the supplicatio in your honour, nor in the future will I at any time fail to support your interests, character, or public position. So, that your family may be aware of this feeling of mine towards you, pray write and tell them that in anything you need they should not hesitate to inform me of it as a matter of right.

I strongly commend Marcus Bolanus to you as an excellent and gallant man, highly accomplished in every way, and an old friend of my own. You will much oblige me if you will take care to make him understand that this introduction has been of great service to him. He will himself convince you of his excellent character and grateful disposition: and I promise you that you will reap great pleasure from his friendship.

Once more I beg you with more than common earnestness, in the name of our friendship and your unbroken zeal in my service, to bestow some pains on the following matter also. Dionysius, a slave of mine who had the care of my library, worth a large sum of money, having purloined a large number of books, and thinking that he could not escape punishment, absconded. He is in your province: my friend Marcus Bolanus and many others saw him at Narona; but they believed his assertion that I had given him his freedom. If you would take the trouble to restore this man to me, I can't tell you how much obliged I shall be to you. It is a small matter in itself; yet my vexation is serious. Bolanus will inform you where he is and what can be done. If I recover the man by your means, I shall consider myself to have received a great kindness at your hands.

1 From [Caes.] B. Afr. 10, it appears that Vatinius and Sulpicius had been in joint command of Caesar's fleet before B.C. 46, but had then ceased to be so. Vatinius had been engaged in B.C. 48-47 in Illyricum against Octavius, and in B.C. 45 was again in command in the same country, which, though not a regular province-being generally attached either to Macedonia or (as in Caesar's case) to Gaul—was during this period made subject to a separate command. It is probable, therefore, that Sulpicius was in command in Illyricum in the intervening year, B.C. 46. It is not, however, known from any other source, and some of the old editors addressed this letter toVatinius in B.C. 45, against all MSS.

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