Cheng-hua: Year 23, Month 3, Day 23
16 Apr 1487
The Messenger Zuo Fu, who had been sent as envoy to the country of Melaka, returned and brought with him a memorial of gratitude from the king of the country. He also submitted to the Court the valuables and Western Ocean cloth which the king had given him as farewell presents. The Ministry of Rites memorialized that Fu in bringing back a fan memorial, had violated the Great Principles and should be punished, while the farewell presents should be sent to the Treasury. An Imperial order was issued, stating: "Zuo Fu has crossed the oceans and experienced great difficulties. He is pardoned and is not to be punished. The valuables are to be retained, while the Western Ocean cloth is to be given to Fu."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 50, page 4872