20VII. I come now to the rest of the men of consular rank, of whom there is no one, (I say this on my own responsibility,) who is not connected with me in some way or other by kindnesses conferred or received; some in a great, some in a moderate degree, but every one to some extent or other. What a disgraceful day was yesterday to us! to us consulars, I mean. Are we to send ambassadors again? What? would he make a truce? Before the very face and eyes of the ambassadors he battered Mutina with his engines. He displayed his works and his defences to the ambassadors. The siege was not allowed one moment’s breathing-time, not even while the ambassadors should be present. Send ambassadors to this man! What for? in order to have great fears for their return?