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Hong-wu: Year 28, Month 12, Day 29

8 Feb 1396

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It was Imperially commanded that the eunuch officials Zhao Da and Zhu Fu be sent as envoys to the country of Siam (Hu) to offer sacrifices for the deceased king Can-lie Bao Pi-ya Si-li Duo-luo-lu, to confer upon the heir, the Su-men-bang Prince Zhao Lu-qun Ying, four bolts of patterned fine silks, four bolts of silk gauzes and 40 bolts of floral cloth, and to confer upon the king's consort four bolts of patterned fine silks, four bolts of silk gauzes and 12 bolts of floral cloth. The Imperial instructions read: "Since I ascended the throne, I have ordered envoys to go beyond the borders in all directions to all states and countries. The envoys who have gone beyond the borders have set foot in 36 countries and have issued instructions in another 31. They advised of 18 large and 149 small countries with different manners and customs. Comparing them, it is found that Siam is the closest. Recently, your envoy arrived and it was learned that the former king had passed away, and that you had succeeded to the former king's cause. Your succession is appropriate for the country and has been welcomed by the people. Thus, I have sent a special envoy to offer sacrifices for the deceased and to congratulate you, king, on succeeding to the throne. When these orders arrive, you should not neglect to follow the patterns, nor engage in lustful pleasure. Thus will you honour your outstanding predecessor and show him respect!"

Tai-zu: juan 243.4b-5a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 8, page 3534/35

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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-28-month-12-day-29, accessed October 30, 2020