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These arguments ought to be quite sufficient for men who are of a just disposition; and mere than sufficient for you, who we feel sure are men of the greatest justice.

But, in order fully to satisfy everybody's suspicions, or malevolence, or even cruelty, we will take this statement too. “Postumus is hiding his money; the king's riches are concealed.” Is there any one of all this people who would like to have all the property of Caius Rabirius Postumus knocked down to him for one single sesterce?1 But miserable man that I am! with what great pain do I say this,—Come, Postumus, are you the son of Caius Curius, the son, as far as his judgment and inclination go, of Caius Rabirius, not in reality and by nature the son of his sister? Are you the man who is so liberal to all his relations; whose kindness has enriched many men; who has never wasted anything; who has never spent any money on any profligacy? and all your property, O Postumus, knocked down by me for one single sesterce? Oh how miserable and bitter is my office as an auctioneer!

1 Those who bought a property took it with all its liabilities.

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