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[31] But Cicero's notes were originally intended merely to meet the requirements of the moment, and were afterwards collected1 by Tiro. In making this apology I do not mean to imply that I disapprove of them, but merely wish to make them more worthy of admiration. And in this connexion I must state that I admit the use of brief memoranda and note-books, which may even be held in the hand and referred to from time to time.

1 Or perhaps “abbreviated.” Tiro was Cicero's friend, freedman and secretary.

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