The general history of China: Containing a geographical, historical, chronological, political and physical description of the empire of China, Chinese-Tartary, Corea, and Thibet. Including an exact and particular account of their customs, manners, ceremonies, religion, arts and sciences ...

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Стр. 273 - ... and barges may pass under it with their masts standing. When the water is high and liable to overflow the neighbouring fields, they take care to open the sluices, to convey it away, and to keep it at a certain height in the canal. There are inspectors appointed to survey the canal, and visit it continually, and workmen always ready to repair any damaged places.
Стр. 389 - All other languages have an alphabet of a certain number of letters, which by their different combinations form syllables and words ; it has as many characters and different figures, as there are words...
Стр. 394 - Chinese communicated their ideas by drawing on paper the natural images of the things they wished to express.
Стр. 168 - Stories of Lights placed in a Circle, the Light of which was like Silver, and •which in a Moment turned Night into Day ; at length the Emperor, with his own Hands, fet fire to one of the Works, and in a...
Стр. 124 - It is true their Invention is not fo good as that of our Mechanicks, but the Tools they make ufe of are more fimple, and they can imitate exactly enough any Pattern that is brought them out of Europe ; fo that at prefent they are able to make Watches, Clocks, Glafs, Muskets, Piftols, and feveral other things, of which they had no Notion, or made but very imperfectly : There are Mechanicks of all forts in every City, fome of which work in their Shops, and others go from Street to Street to offer their...
Стр. 32 - Political Government of China entirely turns on the Duty of Parents to their Children, and of Children to their Parents : The Emperor is called the Father of the Empire, the Viceroy is Father of the Province over which he prefides, and the Mandarin of the City that he governs...
Стр. 164 - ... above the roof, it seems to be wrapt in a large iron hoop, of the same height, in the form of a screw or spiral line, extending several feet from the pillar, so as to appear like a hollow cone, suspended in the air, with spaces to let in light. On the top of this pillar is placed a golden ball, of extraordinary magnitude.
Стр. 288 - ... his head to put down copper money, he gathered as much as he could, buried it very deep in the earth, and killed the workmen that were employed about it, that none might know where it was hidden.
Стр. 392 - C c 4 in in Writing to vary the Pronunciation, they are obliged to have as many different Figures or Characters as there are different Tones, which give fo many various Meanings to the fame Word. Moreover there are fome Characters which fignify two or three Words, and fometimes a whole Period : For Inftance to write thefe Words, Good morrow Sir...
Стр. 368 - The place where their habitations are built must be retired, free from noisome smells, cattle, and all noises ; a noisome smell, or the least fright, makes great impressions upon so tender a breed ; even the barking of dogs and the crowing of cocks are capable of putting them in disorder when they are newly hatched. • For the purpose of paying them every attention, an affectionate mother is provided for the worms, who is careful to supply their wants : she is called han-mon, mother of the worms.

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