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CHAP. VIII.: An excellent Custom of China. - Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws 
The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu (London: T. Evans, 1777), 4 vols. Vol. 1.
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An excellent Custom of China.
Farther, the emperor is every year informed of the husbandman who has distinguished himself most in his profession; and he makes him a mandarin of the eighth order.
Among the ancient Persians‡ , the kings quitted their grandeur and pomp, on the eighth day of the month called Chorrem-ruz, to eat with the husbandmen. These institutions were admirably well calculated for the encouragement of agriculture.
[¶ ]Father Du Halde, History of China, tom. 1. pag. 72.
[* ]Several of the kings of India do the same. Relation of the kingdom of Siam, by La Loubiere, p. 69.
[† ]Venty, the third emperor of the third dynasty, tilled the lands himself, and made the empress and his wives employ their time in the silk-works in his palace. History of China.
[‡ ]Hyde, religion of the Persians.