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The THIRD EDITION,
In which the TEXT has been carefully REVISED and
Printed for T. WALLER, at the Crown and Mitre
No Confpiracy was ever enter'd into with a more bloody View, or if fuccessful, must have been attended with more difmal Confe quences, than that of Catiline against Rome. The Ends which the Confpirators propofed, were not merely Political, fuch as thofe of creating an Alteration in the fundamental Conftitution of the Government, or removing Perfons in Power, but tended to an utter Extinction of all who were not immediately concerned in the Confpiracy. 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 defcribed by Salluft, and many other Authors, we shall fay nothing more, either of the Perfons, 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 Subftance of all he had formerly faid on this Occafion, it appears, that he had been at no Pains to preferve the others. The Occafion on which it was pronounced, was as follows: