enfeoff

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enfeoff

to invest with possession of a freehold estate in land.

TO ENFEOFF. To make a gift of any corporeal hereditaments to another. Vide Feoffment.

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58-76), and was enfeoffed at Runan [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (located in present-day Henan province, approximately 250 kilometers southeast of Luoyang).
12 and the line in the MWD text describe him as being enfeoffed at Chyi.
19) Lord Xue [UNKNOWN TEXT OMITTED] , also known as Lord Mengchang Tian Wen [UNKNOWN TEXT OMITTED], was of the same clan as the king of Qi and was enfeoffed at Xue.
Thus the state up from Wu is Yen, another semi-barbarian state, rather than Cheng, which was the second-to-last to be enfeoffed.
The import of this is puzzling until we read the introduction to the "Table by Years of the Six States," where Ssu-ma Ch'ien observes that when Duke Hsiang of Ch'in was first enfeoffed he built the Western Altar, which he used to serve Shang-ti.
In the introduction to a table enumerating the followers of Han Kao-tsu who were enfeoffed for their achievements (which also notes their descendants who lost those fiefs), Ssu-ma suggests that by presenting numerous examples of success and dishonor, the chapter may function as a handbook of prudent behavior for intelligent readers.