Yong-le: Year 13, Month 11, Day 7
7 Dec 1415
The Auxiliary Minister of Rites Lu Zhen memorialized that the giraffe to be presented by the country of Ma-lin was about to arrive and requested that on the day of its arrival he be allowed to lead the assembled ministers in offering a memorial of felicitation. The Emperor said: "Previously, the Han-lin Academy advised that they had finished arranging the Five Classics, the Four Books and the Xing-li Da-quan and wished to present them with a memorial to me. I allowed this. The ways in which former Emperors have ruled the people are of benefit in educating future generations. It was thus that I allowed a memorial to be presented. What sort of disadvantages or benefits will the giraffe bring?" The matter was shelved.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 1896