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Zheng-tong: Year 6, Month 2, Day 14

6 Mar 1441

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Wang Wen, an apprentice official in the Ministry of Rites, and others, memorialized: "We are all natives of Yun-nan and are greatly concerned about the bandit rebellion in Lu-chuan. The roads are dangerous and transport is very difficult. A single shi of rice can be exchanged for four liang of silver. The native officials in Yao-an and other prefectures, subprefectures and counties have rich stores of rice. It is requested that each official be instructed to provide 10,000 (shi?) of rice and that, after the matter is settled, they be repaid." They also said: "The rebellious bandit will rely on his defences and will not submit. Plans must be made to destroy him. We humbly note that the territories of the yi people of Mu-bang, Ava-Burma, Meng-gen and Wei-yuan border Lu-chuan. The people there are not afraid of the miasmic vapours and are familiar with the roads. It is requested that you send officials, together with ourselves and despatch 200,000 troops. The yi should be instructed to prepare elephants, horses, rice and fodder. Then, on an appointed day, agreed with the Imperial army, the native troops will advance along by-paths. The Imperial army meanwhile would advance from Jin-chi, Teng-chong, Lu-jiang and Jing-dong to attack the bandit's lair. In this way, the bandit will be attacked from two sides and and will certainly be captured."

Ying-zong: juan 76.6b-7a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 25, page 1492/93

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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/zheng-tong/year-6-month-2-day-14, accessed September 20, 2017