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Pliny the Younger (A.D. 62?–c.A.D. 113).  Letters.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XCIII. To the Emperor Trajan
 
 
THE FREE and confederate city of the Amiseni 1 enjoys, by your indulgence, the privilege of its own laws. A memorial being presented to me there, concerning a charitable institution, 2 I have subjoined it to this letter, that you may consider, Sir, whether, and how far, this society ought to be licensed or prohibited.  1
 
Note 1. A colony of Athenians in the province of Pontus. Their town, Amisus, on the coast, was one of the residences of Mithridates. [back]
Note 2. Casaubon, in his observations upon Theophrastus (as cited by one of the commentators), informs us that there were at Athens and other cities of Greece certain fraternities which paid into a common chest a monthly contribution towards the support of such of their members who had fallen into misfortunes; upon condition that, if ever they arrived to more prosperous circumstances, they should repay into the general fund the money so advanced. M. [back]
 

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