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Hong-zhi: Year 10, Month 9, Day 7 (2 Oct 1497)
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Previously, Wan Yue, a civilian from Nan-cheng County in Jiang-xi, had gone as a merchant to Qiong-zhou, but as he been blown off-course by the wind, he began to sojourn (流寓) in Siam, where he served as an interpreter. He had come to Court on numerous occasions with tribute mission. At this time, he requested permission to return to his original domicile and advised his desire to supplement the Siam interpreters and to work in the capital. The memorial was sent to the Ministry of Rites, which re-memorialized it, saying: "There are no precedents on which to base a decision. If Yue is not going to return abroad, the headwear and belt which have been conferred upon him must be withdrawn, and he should be permitted to be attached to his domicile and to provide service." This was approved. It was also instructed that the headwear and belt with which he had been provided, be withdrawn (閒住).
Xiao-zong: juan 129.2a Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 56, page 2279
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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://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/entry/1986, accessed July 26, 2014.

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