Yong-le: Year 6, Month 12, Day 7
23 Dec 1408
The envoy Ya-lie Jia-en and others who had been sent by Du-ma-ban, the Western king of the country of Java, presented 10,000 liang of gold in admission of guilt. The officials of the Ministry of Rites said that there were still 50,000 liang of gold owing in compensation and proposed that the envoy be sent to the judicial office for punishment. The Emperor said: "In my treatment of the distant peoples, I wish them to be fearful of transgression and that is all. Of what benefit is their gold? Now that they have recognized their transgression, the remaining gold debt is to be cancelled. Send the envoy back with Imperial orders of instruction noting my wishes and confer paper money and silks upon him."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 1137/38