keep you in safety, my most beloved sons. Dated the 10th of the kalends of August, in the fourteenth year of the reign of our pious and most august lord, Mauritius Tiberius, the thirteenth year after the consulship of our said lord. The fourteenth indiction."
A. D. 596.
HOW HE WROTE TO THE BISHOP OF ARLES TO ENTERTAIN THEM.
The same venerable pope also sent a letter to Etherius, Bishop of Arles, exhorting him to give favourable entertainment to Augustine on his way to Britain; which letter was in these words:—
"To our most reverend and holy brother, Etherius, fellow bishop, Gregory, the servant of the servants of God. Although religious men stand in need of no recommendation with priests who have the charity which is pleasing to God; yet, as a proper opportunity is offered to write, we have thought fit to send you our letter, to inform you, that we have directed thither, for the good of souls, the bearer of these presents, Augustine, the servant of God, of whose industry we are assured, with other servants of God, whom it is requisite that your holiness assist with priestly affection, and afford him all the comfort in your power. And to the end that you may be the more ready in your assistance, we have enjoined him particularly to inform you of the occasion of his coming; knowing, that when you are acquainted with it, you will, as the matter requires, for the sake of God, zealously afford him your relief. We also in all things recommend to your charity, Candidus, the priest, our common son, whom we have transferred to the government of a small patrimony in our church. God keep you