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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 the senior chieftain Gong Xiang who was in charge of guarding the Lu-chuan area, and others. The orders read: "The Lu-chuan bandit leader Si Ren-fa has skulked away to Ava-Burma, while the bandit's son Si Ji-fa has slinked away to the wilderness and has sordidly tries to obstruct things. You Gong Xiang and the others clearly saw the great principles of righteousness and thus came to allegiance. You also helped guide, and coordinated with, the government troops in capturing the bandit followers. Thus, it was especially ordered that you govern and live off the region. You should manifest the Court's desire to show special favour in employing people and send scouts to seek signs of Si Ji-fa. If he is able to show loyalty, repent his transgressions and wishes to come to personally to Court, you should immediately send people to escort him to the headquarters of the regional commander. He will then be sent to the capital where lenient pardon will be considered. If he stupidly persists in his evil and refuses to change, you should supervise and lead yi soldiers and work our plans by which to capture him and send him to the capital. The Court, when assessing achievements, will greatly promote and richly reward you. You must not listen to the plans of villains or the enticements of scoundrels, or secretly conceal the bandits as, thereby, you will lose your previous merit and bring great calamity upon yourself. You are to respect and implement my orders and not be remiss in this!"

Ying-zong: juan 116.12a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2355

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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-28-1, accessed September 18, 2019