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Jing-tai: Year 4, Month 10, Day 3

3 Nov 1453

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At this time, when the yi envoys from the four directions came to Court to offer tribute, their embassies numbered up to 1,000 persons. In the places they passed through they made abrupt demands for wine, food and other things and they relied on the postal relay station officials to brow-beat the people to fulfil their demands. This often resulted in people being beaten to death. The Ping-jiang Marquis Chen Yu memorialized: "When the Japanese envoys arrived, they openly robbed and wrested things from the people. When commanders were sent to restrain them, the commanders were beaten until they were nearly dead." The Vice Minister Jie Ji, grand coordinator of Guang-dong, also advised: "The Javanese envoys are wild, violent and unrestrained. They should be firmly punished." Thus the Ministry of Rites requested permission to arrest and punish the chief and deputy envoys together with their interpreters. Permission was refused.

Ying-zong: juan 234.1a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 34, page 5101/02

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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://www.epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/jing-tai/year-4-month-10-day-3, accessed September 18, 2019