Next we come to the "fact section" of Paul's speech/sermon contained in Romans.
Here is where an ancient speaker would lay out pertinent facts before moving on to his thesis statement. From my translation below I think you can see that there may have been some rumblings in Rome about possibly being snubbed by the great Apostle to the Gentiles.
13 I want you all to know, brothers and sisters, that often I have planned to visit you but have been prevented so far, but I want to come and help you as I have done among all people in the Empire.
14 I have been commissioned to go to both to citizens and foreigners, both to the educated and uneducated.
15 So, you see, I really do want to preach in Rome.