January 44 BCE: To Marcus Acilius Caninus (in Achaea) from Cicero (at Rome)
A Requesting Letter
I assume, because of your regard for me, which was plain for me to see for the long time we were at Brundisium, that I may write to you in a familiar tone (as if it were my right to do so) if there was any matter about which I was greatly troubled.
Manius Curius, who does business at Patrae, is such a friend to me that none could be more closely attached. He has done me many courtesies, and I have done many for him—and most importantly, there is the greatest mutual love between us. All this considered, if you put any hope in my friendship, if you wish to make the courtesies and good-will which you showed me at Brundisium even more welcome (although they are already most welcome), and if you see how I am loved by all your family—give me this, and grant that Manius Curius is roofed and repaired, as they say,and preserve him uninjured from every inconvenience, detriment, and annoyance.
I myself pledge, and all your friends will act as my guarantors, that from my friendship and your kindness to me you will win the greatest enjoyment and the highest pleasure.
Read Ad Familiares 13.50 in Latin here | Check the glossary here
sartum et tectum, a phrase usually used about keeping houses in good condition.