Letters to friends/3.4

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To Ap. Claudius Pulcher, in Cilicia[edit]

Brundisium, 5 June 51 BC[edit]

On the 4th of June, being at Brundisium, I received your letter stating that you had instructed L. Clodius with what you wished him to say to me. I am much looking forward to his arrival, that I may learn at the earliest possible moment the message he is bringing from you. My warm feeling and readiness to serve you, though I hope they are already known to you by many instances, I shall yet manifest in those circumstances above all others, in which I shall be able to give the most decisive proof that no one's reputation and position is dearer to me than yours. On your side, both Q. Fabius Vergilianus and C. Flaccus, son of Lucius, and--in stronger terms than anyone else--M. Octavius, son of Gneius, have shewed me that I am highly valued by you. This I had already judged to be the case on many grounds, but above all from that book on Augural Law, of which, with its most affectionate dedication, you have made me a most delightful present. On my part, all the services which belong to the closest relationship shall be ever at your command. For ever since you began feeling attachment to me, I have learnt daily to value you more highly, and now there has been added to that my intimacy with your relations--for there are two of them of different ages whom I value very highly, Cn. Pompeius, father-in-law of your daughter, and M. Brutus, your son-in-law1 --and, lastly, the membership of the same college, especially as that has been stamped by such a complimentary expression of your approval,2 seems to me to have supplied a bond of no ordinary strength towards securing a union of feeling between us. But I shall not only, if I come across Clodius, write you at greater length after talking with him, but shall also take pains myself to see you as soon as possible. Your saying that your motive for staying in the province was the hope of having an interview with me, to tell you the honest truth, is very agreeable to me.

1: Cn. Pompeius, elder son of Cn. Pompeius Magnus, married a daughter of Appius Claudius M. Brutus married, first, Claudia, daughter of Appius Claudius; and, secondly, Porcia, daughter of Cato and widow of Bibulus.
2: By the dedication of the liber auguralis, after Cicero's election into the college of augurs (B.C. 52).