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The THIRD EDITION,
CORRECTED with ADDITIONAL NOTES.
LO N D ON:
in Fleet-Street, MDCCLVIII.
No Conspiracy was ever enter'd into with
a more bloody View, or if successful, must have been attended with more dismal Consequences, than that of Catiline against Rome. The Ends which the Conspirators proposed, were not merely Political, such as those of creating an Alteration in the fundamental Constitution of the Government, or removing PerSons in Power, but tended to an utter Extinction of all who were not immediately concerned in the Conspiracy. The very City of Rome was to have been fired, and the Senators and Citizens cut off ; but as the Particulars of it have been fully described by Sallust, and many other Authors, we shall say nothing more, either of the Persons, or the History of the ConSpirators.
The following was probably not the first Oration which Cicero had, pronounced against Catiline and his Accomplices. But, as this contains the Substance of all he had formerly said on this Occafon, it appears, that he had been at no Pains to preserve the others. The Occañon on which it was pronounced, was as follows : Vol. II. B