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"The Emperor Nepos was acknowledged by the Senate, by the Italians, and by the Provincials of "Gaul; his moral virtues, and military talents, were loudly celebrated; and those who derived any private benefit from his government, announced in prophetic strains the restoration of public felicity.

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"By this shameful abdication, he protracted his life

" a few years, in a very ambiguous state, between

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an Emperor and an Exile, till

Gibbon's Decline and Fall, vol. 6, p. 220.

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