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The senate liked the proposal of a deputation to Pompey; but the great difficulty was, to find deputies; every one, out of fear, refusing to charge himself with that commission. For Pompey, at his departure from Rome, had declared in the senate, "That he would esteem those who stayed beind, as no less guilty than those in Caesar's camp." Thus three days were spent in debates and excuses. The tribune L. Metellus had likewise been suborned by Caesar's enemies to traverse his design, and hinder whatever he should propose. Which Caesar coming to understand, and that he only wasted his time to no purpose; he set out from Rome, without effecting what he intended, and arrived in farther Gaul.
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