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Book I, Letter 67

To Peter, Subdeacon.

Gregory to Peter, etc.

If with kind disposition we meet the needs of our neighbours by showing compassion, we shall undoubtedly find the Lord mercifully inclined to our petitions. Now we have learned that Pastor, who labours under exceeding weakness of sight, having a wife and two slaves, who also had formerly been with the glorious lady Jonatha, is suffering from great need. Wherefore, we admonish your Experience, by the writing of this present order, not to delay giving him for his sustenance three hundred modii of wheat, and also as many modii of beans, which may afterwards be charged in your accounts. So act, then, as both yourself to obtain the benefit of reward for your good service, and to carry our orders into effect. In the month of August.

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