XIV.8 A good custom in China
The relations of China  tell us of the ceremony of opening the land,  which the emperor performsd every year. The idea was to incite the people to plow by this public and solemn act. 
Furthermore, the emperor is informed every year of the plowman who has the most distinguished himself in his occupation, and makes him a mandarin of the eighth order.
Among the ancient Persians,  on the eighth day of the month named Chorem-ruz, the kings would set aside their magnificence to eat with the plowmen. These institutions are admirable for the encouragement of agriculture.