Observations on the Present Collection of Epistles Between Cicero and M. Brutus; Representing Several Evident Marks of Forgery in Those Epistles ...: In Answer to the Late Pretences of the Reverend Dr. Conyers Middleton
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1744 Excerpt: ... into the long lift of Brutus's inconftfiencies q. But with what ccnfiflcncy could Cicero freely cenfure O ssavius's attempt upon the Confulihip in Letters to himfelf, and the abettors of it to their face-, and lay open the fource of that mcfl wicked attempt in the Senate; when he himfelf was the fource and grand abettor of it in the Senate by a public Speech, which was known to Otlavius and every body elfe, and of which Cicero was perpetually boafting, both in the Senate and with the People, for many months after? Or with what face could he talk in fuch a ftrain to Brutus, who is fuppofed to have read the Speech, and therefore muft be provided to pronounce him fclf-condemned? For my part, 1 am not capable of thinking that this Speech was ever greatly applauded by the true Bruins, much lefs that the true Cicero could acl fo abfurdly towards Otlauius, Brutus, and the whole world; and therefore conclude, XIV. From the confifient account of three antient Hifiorians, from the pofitive declaration of the true Cicero, exprefied in his fifth Philippic, and from a fiifpicion dropt by the Sophifiic Brutus himfelf; that Cicero did not do what the fufpecled Letter and ene modern Hifiorian fay he did, viz. " as foon as ' he heard of OcJavius's attempt upon the Conful O Mid. Pref. DiiT. p. 43. Ep, of Cit. p. 181. not. 3. J Life of Cic. v. u. p. 5 71. whole month will not do the bufinefs; for the fitfpetled Cicero, as we have already feen, did not hear of any fuch intimation for feveral weeks after the date of Brutus's Letter; and we were once told, that Oclavius himfelf waited to fee what became of Antony-, till finding him received and fupported by Lepidus, he began to enter into the league with them, and was perfuaded by his friends to make a ..