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Cheng-hua: Year 7, Month 10, Day 17

28 Nov 1471

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The person Qiu Hong-min from Long-qi in Fu-jian had, with his cohorts, sailed the seas and had dealings with the fan. They sailed to Melaka and other countries and there engaged in trade. On their return, they came to the country of Siam, and there Qiu Hing-min fraudulently claimed that he was an envoy of the Court. Thereby, he gained an audience with the fan king. He also instructed his wife, surnamed Feng (馮), to have an audience with the wife of the fan king. Thereby, they received precious jewels and other goods. When they returned to Fu-jian, they anchored in an estuary (海汊), and the Imperial troops went to arrest them. Many were killed, but Hong-min was finally taken. The regional inspecting censor Hong Xing proposed punishments in a memorial: "It should be ordered that Hong-min and others, a total of 29 persons, be beheaded in accordance with the law. Another three persons should be shown mercy on account of their youth, and be banished to border guards in Guang-xi. The woman surnamed Feng should be given to the family of a meritorious official as a servant. The four fan persons, including Ai-mo-xin, whom Hong Min purchased, should be sent to the capital where arrangements can be made for them." Orders were issued in accordance with all Xing's proposals. At this time, Xing again memorialized that Kang Qi-dao and others, a total of 26 persons from the same county as Hong-min, had had dealings with the fan, and engaged in plunder on the seas. It was ordered that the case be re-examined and that if there had been no injustice, they be executed.

Xian-zong: juan 97.7b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 43, page 1850

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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-7-month-10-day-17, accessed October 20, 2019