In the plates of La Monarchie Francaise, by Pere
Montfaucon, the French
ladies of the fourteenth century are represented as wearing conical
caps on their heads, at least one third of their own height.—E.
 One hundred and forty millions of florins, as
the value of the dresses
of the nobles of the imperial court! It seems that most writers
concerning China are apt entirely to forget the power of numbers, in
the fervour of their admiration.—E.
 Odericus, or his Bolandist biographer, seems to
have forgot that
thirty-three tomans make 330,000 useless ministers of luxury and
folly. I strongly suspect the Minorites, for the honour of Oderic,
have ignorantly borrowed and exaggerated from Marco Polo, to decorate
the legend of the favourite Saint of Udina.—E.
Of the Inns established over the whole Empire, for the use of Travellers.
That travellers may have all things necessary throughout the whole empire, the emperor has caused certain inns to be provided in sundry places upon the highways, where all kinds of provisions are in continual readiness. When any intelligence is to be communicated to him, his messengers ride post on horses or dromedaries; and when themselves and their beasts are weary, they blow their horns, and the people at the next inn provide a man and horse in readiness to carry forward the dispatch. By this means, intelligence, which would take thirty days in the ordinary way of travelling, is transmitted in one day, and he is consequently immediately informed of any important matter which may occur in the most distant parts of his dominions.