DCXCVIII (F VI, 16)
AULUS POMPEIUS BITHYNICUS TO CICERO (AT ROME)If I had not personally many valid causes for friendship with you1 , I would have referred to the origin of that friendship which began with our fathers. But that is, I think, only to be done by those who have not kept up a paternal friendship by any good offices themselves. I shall be content therefore with our own personal friendship, in reliance on which I beg you to protect me in my absence, with the assurance that no kindness on your part will ever fade from my mind. Good-bye.