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Cheng-hua: Year 23, Month 3, Day 27

20 Apr 1487

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Claiming that his elder brother Na-di had been an itinerant holy man (遊方) in China for over 40 years, the Muslim A-li from the country of Mecca wished to go to Yun-nan to seek him. Thus, he prepared large amounts of expensive goods and, from Melaka, accompanied the Messenger Zuo Fu and came to the capital to offer tribute. However, these valuables were seized by the Eunuch Wei Juan, who memorialized requesting that they be examined and checked. The Ministry of Rites requested that the value of the tribute goods be estimated, that he be rewarded with their value and that he be permitted to seek his brother in Yun-nan. The Emperor said; "A-li is really a rogue who has surreptitiously brought trade goods and, on the pretext of offering tribute, is seeking great profits. Also, in the Institute he has spoken perversely and acted evilly. Considering that he is a distant yi , I will leniently pardon him and not punish him. The Embroidered-Uniform Guard is to quickly send people to take him into custody and escort him to Guang-dong. There, the grand defender and the grand coordinator will take custody of him and, when the opportunity arises, shall send him home."

Xian-zong: juan 288.8a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 50, page 4877

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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-27, accessed December 06, 2019