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ROME (?)
I am surprised at your finding fault with me, when etiquette forbids it. 1 Even if there had been no such obstacle, you ought not to have done it. "Why I shewed you attention in your consulship"—and then you go on to say that Caesar will certainly recall you. Well, you have a great deal to say, but nobody believes you. You allege that you stood for the tribuneship for my sake. I wish you had always been a tribune, then you would not have wanted anyone to intervene! You say that I dare not speak what I think, on the ground that I did not give a sufficiently spirited answer to a shameless request of yours. I write thus to shew you that even in that peculiar style of composition, in which you desire to be forcible, you are nil. But if you had presented your grievance to me in a reasonable spirit, I should have cleared myself in your eyes with readiness and ease: for I am not ungrateful for what you have done, but vexed with what you have written. Now I do wonder that you think me, the cause of everyone else's freedom, to be but a slave. For if the information—as you call it—which you gave me was false, what do I owe you? If true, you are the best witness of what the Roman people owe me.

1 See vol. i., p.362 (Fam. 5.18). Fadius had been quaestor in the year of Cicero's consulship. He bad been in exile since B.C. 52, and seems to have thought Cicero might have done something more to secure his restitutio, and to have reproached him with the value of his services during the Catilinarian conspiracy, and in securing his recall. Mueller places this letter in March, B.C. 52, but in that year there could have been no question of being recalled by Caesar.

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