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V (F XVI, 16)

As I hope to see you again, my dear Marcus, and my own son Cicero, and your Tulliola and your son I am delighted about Tiro. He was much too good for his position and I am truly glad that you preferred that he should be our freedman and friend rather than our slave. Believe me when I read your letter and his I jumped for joy and I both thank and congratulate you, for if the fidelity and good character of my own Statius is a delight to me, how much more valuable must those same qualities be in your man since there is added to them knowledge of literature conversational powers, and culture, which have advantages even over those useful virtues ! I have all sorts of most conclusive reasons for loving you: and here is another one, either for what you have done, or, if you choose, for your perfect manner of announcing it to me. Your letter shewed me your whole heart. I have promised Sabinus's servants all they asked, and I will perform my promise.

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