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Zheng-tong: Year 9, Month 5, Day 28

14 Jun 1444

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Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Han Gai-fa, the native-official pacification superintendent of the Mu-bang Military and Civilian Pacification Superintendency and his major and minor chieftains. The orders read: "Ruler of Mu-bang, since my forebears established the pacification superintendency, your ancestors have for generations been loyal and faithful. Recently, when the Lu-chuan bandits went against right, you were able to respect the Court's orders and personally lead the yi soldiers of your tribe in coordinating with the government troops and in killing the bandits. Your loyalty and fidelity are particularly commendable. Now, the bandit chief has been captured by Ava-Burma. The Ava-Burma gang has concealed him and displayed crafty and evil ways. I could not bear to inflict punishment and thus have leniently sent them orders of instruction. You should manifest both my desire to bring peace to the borders and the righteousness shown by your father and grandfather in faithfully respecting the Court's orders, and instruct Ava-Burma to arrest and present the bandit. In this way, the borders will be long peaceful, the government troops will not be wearied and all living things in the region will be spared a major catastrophe. Your worthy service will bring glory to your ancestors and stimulate later generations, and for your achievements the Court will indeed provide you with exceptional rewards. Your reputation for loyalty and righteousness will then be passed down through the ages. You are to respect my orders and not be remiss in their execution."

Ying-zong: juan 116.11b-12a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2354/55

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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-9-month-5-day-28-0, accessed June 27, 2019