Jia-jing: Year 43, Month 6, Day 8
15 Jul 1564
A further maritime defence assistant commissioner post was established in Guang-dong. Previously, a maritime route deputy commissioner post had been established in Guang-dong. The incumbent was based in the provincial capital and also managed maritime trade. Subsequently, there occurred the chaos brought by the Japanese pirates. As a result, the maritime route deputy commissioner was solely engaged in defence of Hui-zhou and Chao-zhou, and the maritime trade management was assigned to prefectures and counties. At this time, the Censor-in-chief Wu Gui-fang, military superintendent of Guang-dong/Guang-xi, requested that the region from Dong-guan to the West, extending right to Qiong-zhou, be placed under the control of the deputy commissioner and that the deputy commissioner also control the fan and the yi. He also requested that a further maritime defence assistant commissioner post be established to patrol from Dong-guan to the East to guard against Japanese pirates in Hai-feng, Hui-zhou and Chao-zhou. An Imperial command was issued approving the provisional appointments as proposed, until peace had been achieved.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 91, page 8687