Letter coll=Q FR:book=2:letter=15
Letter XXII: ad Quintum fratrem 2.15
Rome, August, 54 B.C.
sic habeto : cf. sic habeto, Ep. XXVI.1n.
anni tempore: August, the weather being hot even for that month; cf. Q. fr. 3.1.1.
vestrae: sc. of you and Caesar.
ex hoc labore: Cicero is probably referring to his support of the Triumvirate. During the year 54 B.C.
, he delivered orations in behalf of Gabinius (cf. pro Rabirio Post. 32), Vatinius, and Messius (cf. Att. 4.15.9), all of whom were tools of the triumvirs, and the first two had been former enemies of Cicero. Cf. note to Vatinium below.
ab iis ipsis qui dolent : the oration which Cicero delivered in the same year in defense of M. Aemilius Scaurus (cf. Att. 4. I 5.9), son of the Scaurus who so earnestly championed the cause of the aristocracy, would naturally please the Optimates.
aequis, fair-minded, i.e. toward Caesar.
propensis, etc. : Caesar's supporters.