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Zheng-tong: Year 9, Month 6, Day 28

13 Jul 1444

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Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Han Gai-fa, the pacification superintendent of the Mu-bang Military and Civilian Pacification Superintendency. The orders read: "The rebellious Lu-chuan bandit Si Ren-fa invaded neighbouring territories and thus troops were sent on expedition against him. You were able to co-operate in eliminating and capturing the bandits. However, Si Ren-fa managed to flee to Ava-Burma. That pacification superintendency then repeatedly requested that government troops receive him. You again sent the senior Tao-meng Dao Ban-fang and others to the headquarters of the regional commander so that they could be deployed, provided grain and provided guides for the Imperial army. You did this even though the bandit leader had not been captured or killed. Your loyalty is greatly evident and cannot be concealed. I am very pleased by this. Now, I am especially sending persons with Imperial orders of praise and am conferring on you biao-li of variegated silks to reward your efforts. You should manifest my wish to treat others kindly and you should become increasingly loyal. You should reward and instruct your chieftains to do well in soothing their tribes-people and in protecting the border areas. If the remnant bandits try to make use of opportunities, you should work out a plan to capture them so as to get rid of the cause of the calamities. In this way, your achievements will become famous and will be passed down through history. Thereby, you will be according with my Illustrious orders and will bring glory to your ancestors. You are to respectfully implement these orders." Imperial orders of instruction were also sent to the senior Tao-meng Dao Ban-fang, Dao Yin-song and Si Wai-fa, and biao-li of variegated silks were conferred upon each of them.

Ying-zong: juan 117.9a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2373/74

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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-6-day-28, accessed September 18, 2019