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Cheng-hua: Year 9, Month 8, Day 13

5 Sep 1473

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[Ruan] Ting-gui, son of Ruan Qian-gan, the deceased prefect of Shun-qing Prefecture in Si-chuan, memorialized: "My father Qian-gan was a Jiao-zhi person who came to allegiance. For his achievements, he was promoted to prefect. He was subsequently retired due to age and resided in Xuan-cheng County until his death. Now, I beg to be appointed to a post so that I can provide for myself and avoid the misery of being a vagabond with no place." The memorial was sent to the Ministry of Personnel which considered that such a request was difficult to approve, and just requested that Xuan-cheng County be required to exempt him from corvee labour as an expression of compassion. The Emperor said: "Qian-gan came to allegiance from Jiao-zhi. As an official, he served with merit and, now that he has died, his son has said that he is alone and outcast. His situation is pitiable. He should be specially appointed as an assistant county official so that he has a salary to support him. This is not much trouble, and it will demonstrate my will to be compassionate to those from afar.

Xian-zong: juan 119.7a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 44, page 2295

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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-9-month-8-day-13, accessed January 21, 2021