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Hong-wu: Year 10, Month 9, Day 1

3 Oct 1377

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Zhao Lu-qun Ying, who had been sent by his father, the king of the country of Siam (Hu), presented a gold-leaf memorial and offered tribute of elephants, elephant tusks, pepper and products of the sapan-tree. The Emperor ordered that Wang Heng, a vice director in the Ministry of Rites, be sent with an Imperial proclamation and a seal of office to confer upon him. Cai Shi-min, a courier in the Secretariat, was to be his deputy. The proclamation read: "How can one rule a state and treat the people as one's children without the mandate from Heaven and the great grace of the Earth! Although there are differences between Chinese and the yi, Heaven is most pleased when all places are at peace. If a ruler can manifest the love of the One on High (上帝) for all living things and can harmonize man and the spirits, his prosperity will reach to his sons and grandsons and for generations there will be no break in the line. Can-lie Bao Pi-ya Si-li Duo-luo-lu, since you inherited the throne, within, you have regulated your family, and without, you have maintained good relations with your neighbours. Moreover, you have on several occasions sent officials to indicate that you are a subject of the Court and to offer tribute. In terms of present-day fan kings, it can be said that you are worthy and virtuous. How can your reputation fail to spread to the various fan! This year in Autumn your envoy came to Court and offered tribute of elephant tusks. I am now sending an envoy to go and instruct you and am especially conferring upon you the seal of the king of the country of Siam and a set of clothing. You should do well in soothing the people of your land as thereby you will long see much prosperity." Heng and so on departed from the capital together with Zhao Lu-qun Ying. Fine silks, clothing and travelling expenses were conferred upon all, and then they were sent off.

Tai-zu: juan 115.2a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 5, page 1883

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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/hong-wu/year-10-month-9-day-1, accessed October 30, 2020