Pliny the Younger (A.D. 62?c.A.D. 113). Letters. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
CX. Trajan to Pliny
THE RIGHT which the cities either of Pontus or Bithynia claim relating to the recovery of debts of whatever kind, due to their several communities, must be determined agreeably to their respective laws. Where any of these communities enjoy the privilege of being preferred to other creditors, it must be maintained; but, where no such privilege prevails, it is not just I should establish one, in prejudice of private property.