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They did not prove up to the job, and the resulting edition (carrying the up-beat prefatory letter Erasmus had written before he left) was a disappointment, earning the two unfortunate castigatores Erasmus' angry disapproval.
In April 1515 Beatus Rhenanus, one of the two Froben castigatores left in charge of the Seneca, and who had himself edited a minor satirical Seneca text, `On the death of Claudius', wrote to Erasmus (now in Cambridge) to inform him of the progress of the volume: