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Wan-li: Year 17, Month 2, Day 15

30 Mar 1589

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The ministries re-submitted a memorial by the Yun-nan Grand Coordinator Xiao Yan and the regional inspector. For the Ministry of Personnel there were two matters: "1. The three general administration circuits of Lin-an/Yuan-jiang, Jin-chi/Lan-cang and Pu-er/Tong-hai all have mines. They should be separately managed by each administration. They need not be solely managed by Lin-an..." For the Ministry of War there were five matters: "...2. The Zhan-ping Commandant should be placed under the command of the Lin-an Assistant Regional Commander. 3. When there is inheritance of posts in native offices, officials should manage the matter in accordance with propriety. They must not coerce them in all sorts of ways or act in arbitrary or procrastinating ways. 4. The various military defence circuits should be instructed to separately ascertain the details of each of the members of ruling native-official families in places where the ruling post has not yet been inherited. They should be listed in order in accordance with whether they are the sons of the primary or secondary wives and whether they are senior or junior sons, and recorded clearly in a register. Then, in future, when there is to be inheritance, it will be easy to carry out the investigation of confirmation. 5. Native officials might be permitted to initiate impeachments, so that those dealing with them are exhorted and warned." All measures were implemented as proposed, except that the proposal that native officials be allowed to initiate impeachmnets was shelved.

Shen-zong: juan 208.8b-9a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 105, page 3900/01

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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/wan-li/year-17-month-2-day-15, accessed April 19, 2019