1. [...] After their first shouts I spoke to them about not ordaining Pinianus against his will – a promise by which I was bound– and added that, if they had him as a presbyter through the violation of my word, they would not have me as bishop. [...] I said to those I could, the more respected and dignified men who came up to the apse, that I could not be shaken from fidelity to my promise and that another bishop could not ordain him in a church entrusted to me unless I was asked and permitted it. And if I permitted it, I would still be breaking my promise. I also added that, if he were ordained against his will, they were choosing nothing but that he should leave once he was ordained. They did not believe that this was possible. [...]
7. [...] For, though that church [of Thagaste] had not imposed the priesthood upon me when they could have, they took over the possession of that property. If this is so, how much more ardently were they able to love in Pinian that he had overcome and trampled on so great a love of this world, such great wealth, and such fair prospects by such a great conversion! I myself, of course, according to the mind of many who compare themselves among themselves, seem not to have renounced riches but to have come into riches. For my inheritance from my father could be scarcely considered a twentieth part in comparison with the estates of the church that I am now thought to own as their lord. But in whatever church, especially in Africa, our Pinianus may be, I do not say a presbyter but a bishop, when compared to his previous wealth, even if he acted with the attitude of a ruler, he will be very poor.
(trans. R. Teske, slightly altered)