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Letter CLII.25032503    Placed in 373.

To Victor, the Commander.25042504    cf. Greg. Naz., Letters cxxxiii. and cxxxiv. and Theodoret, Ecc. Hist. iv. 30. and Amm. Marc. xxxi. 7.

If I were to fail to write to any one else I might possibly with justice incur the charge of carelessness or forgetfulness.  But it is not possible to forget you, when your name is in all men’s mouths.  But I cannot be careless about one who is perhaps more distinguished than any one else in the empire.  The cause of my silence is evident.  I am afraid of troubling so great a man.  If, however, to all your other virtues you add that of not only receiving what I send, but of actually asking after what is missing, lo! here I am writing to you with joyous heart, and I shall go on writing for the future, with prayers to God that you may be requited for the honour you pay me.  For the Church, you have anticipated my supplications, by doing everything which I should have asked.  And you act to please not man but God, Who has honoured you; Who has given you some good things in this life, and will give you others in the life to come, because you have walked with truth in His way, and, from the beginning to the end, have kept your heart fixed in the right faith.

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