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CLXXIII (F VII, 15)

TO C. TREBATIUS TESTA (IN GAUL)
ROME
How wayward people are who love may be gathered from this: I was formerly annoyed that you were discontented at being where you are: now, on the contrary, it stings me to the heart that you write that you are quite happy there. For I did not like your not being pleased at my recommendation, and now I am vexed that you can find anything pleasant without me. But, after all, I prefer enduring your absence to your not getting what I hope for you. However, I cannot say how pleased I am that you have become intimate with that most delightful man and excellent scholar, C. Matius. 1 Do your best to make him as fond of you as possible. Believe me, you can bring nothing home from your province that will give you greater pleasure. Take care of your health.


1 The friendship between Trebatius and Matius remained as long as we know anything about them. Cicero afterwards acknowledges (F. 2.27) the great services Matius had done him with Caesar, to whom Matius remained attached to the end.

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