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Cheng-hua: Year 23, Month 3, Day 10

3 Apr 1487

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The Vice Censor-in-Chief of the Right Zhang Lu, grand coordinator of Yun-nan, and others, memorialized: "The Jiao person Dao Zhu secretly occupied the five territories in Lin-an and preyed upon the people on our borders. Now, the officials of the three offices and the defence officials have driven him back across the border. It is requested that a despatch be sent to Jiao-zhi, requiring it to clearly punish his crimes, as a warning against it happening again. Some of our people have also engaged in private contacts and they should be punished at the same time." The memorial was sent to the Ministry of War, which held: "Dao Zhu engaged in attacks and harassed the border people. However, when he heard that the government troops were soon to arrive, he swiftly retreated. From his fear, it can be seen that the defence by the border officials is effective and there is indeed no possibility of a major calamity occurring. As to the despatch to Annam, we should wait until the Champa affair is settled and then deliberate on it further." The Emperor held that, as Dao Zhu had already fled back to where he was from, there was no need for further investigation. It was ordered that the grand defenders, the grand coordinators and other officials be instructed to exercise strict supervision over the border defences to prevent prohibited communications.

Xian-zong: juan 288.3a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 50, page 4867

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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/reign/cheng-hua/year-23-month-3-day-10, accessed November 15, 2019