Letter 20 to Bishop Delphinus of Bordeaux
2. So your revered person should know that your holy brother Anastasius, Pope of Rome, is most affectionate to my lowly person; for as soon as the opportunity presented itself of offering me his love, he hastened not only to obtain my regard but also to lavish on me his most devoted affection. Shortly after his consecration he sent letters about me, full of piety, devotion, and peace, to the bishops of Campania, so that he could reveal his own affection for me and set the precedent of his kindness before others. Next, when I attended the feast of the blessed apostles according to my regular custom, he welcomed me at Rome with as much charm as honour. Subsequently, after the lapse of some time, he was kind enough to invite me also to the anniversary of his election, a privilege he normally restricts to his fellow bishops. And he showed no rancour, when I excused myself. Instead, he welcomed the dutiful letter I sent to represent me, and thus he welcomed me in my absence with fatherly spririt. If only the Lord permits me to revisit him at the same time when I customarily go to Rome, I hope that I shall elicit from him a letter to your holy self, so that he may begin to commend me to you as well.
(trans. Walsh 1966: 1.185-186)