|Yong-le: Year 9, Month 9, Day 15
||(2 Oct 1411)
As Bai-li-mi-su-la, the king of the country of Melaka, was taking his leave of the Court, he was banqueted at Feng-tian Gate. The king's consort and attendant officials were banqueted separately. Imperial orders of encouragement were conferred upon the king as follows: "You, king, travelled tens of thousands of li across the ocean to the capital, confidently and without anxiety, as your loyalty and sincerity assured you of the protection of the spirits. I have been glad to meet with you, king, and feel that you should stay. However, your people are longing for you and it is appropriate that you return to soothe them. The weather is getting colder and the winds are suited for sailing South. It is the right time. You should eat well on your journey and look after yourself, so as to reflect my feelings of concern for you. Now I am conferring upon you, king, a gold and jade belt, ceremonial insignia, two "saddled horses", 100 liang of gold, 500 liang of silver, 400,000 guan of paper money, 2,600 guan of copper cash, 300 bolts of embroidered fine silks and silk gauzes, 1,000 bolts of thin silks, two [bolts?] of "mixed gold" (渾金) patterned fine silks, and two long-sleeved "kneeling gowns" interwoven with gold thread. These are for your receipt." In addition, headwear and a set of robes, 200 liang of silver, 5,000 guan of paper money and 60 bolts of brocaded fine silks, silk gauzes and thin silks as well as four suits of clothing made from patterned fine silks and silk gauzes interwoven with gold threads were conferred upon the king's consort. Headwear and belts were conferred upon the king's sons and nephews. Silver, paper money, copper cash and variegated silks, as appropriate, were conferred upon his accompanying ministers. As the envoys from Calicut and other countries were also taking their leave, they too were all banqueted and farewelled. It was also ordered that they be given patterned fine silks interwoven with gold thread, clothing embroidered in gold, "gold-spangled" drapes, parasols and other goods to confer upon the kings of their countries.
|Tai-zong: juan 119.2b-3a
||Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 12, page 1506/07
Preferred form of citation for this entry:
Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/entry/1730, accessed March 10, 2014.
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