Braulio, unworthy servant of the saints of God, to my lord Emilian, presbyter and abbot.
Braulio praises Emilian for his many virtues, and asks him for support.
Since you have been so kind as to become my supporter and I do not doubt that you are a part of my soul, likewise, my concern for you is as great as if it were for myself, the Lord knows. Hence, I commend this your humble servant to your kindness that he may be presented through you to our glorious lord [the king] and may by your care be instructed how he should proceed.
I have been looking for and cannot find the book of Apringius, bishop of Beja, which is a Commentary on the Apocalypse. I am asking you to get the text and send it to me to be copied, for it will be easy for you on account of your widespread power and the large size of your city, even if you do not have it, to find out from whom it may be obtained so that you can send it to us. I know that, at one time, it did exist in the library of Count Laurentius. You, my lord, must find it wherever it is and fulfil my petition, for it will be copied and returned immediately. [...]
Follow the final salutations.
(trans. by C. Barlowe 1969: 63-64; slightly adapted)