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Hong-wu: Year 30, Month 12, Day 27

15 Jan 1398

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Si Lun-fa was sent back to Yun-nan. The following instructions were issued to him: "In ancient times, there was a saying: `Find pleasure in that which the people find pleasure in, and hate that which the people hate.' This was said to those who look after the people, and meant that where the people's hearts lie, there also lie the principles of Heaven. Those who are good at ruling the people must seek the people's feelings. Now you, Si Lun-fa, are head of the region of Ping-mian. However, you became divorced from the likes and dislikes of the people. The people under you could not tolerate this and thus you fled to us. I know that your ancestors benefitted the people for generations and thus the people appointed you. However, when you lost the people's support, you turned your back on your country and your ancestor's graves, left your relatives and came here. If you long remain here and do not return, the territory will no longer be yours. However, you must recognize that right and wrong are always clear and Heaven's punishment is always correct. Generals have been sent to punish the crimes of Dao Gan-meng and thus I am ordering you to return to your old state." One hundred liang of gold, 150 liang of silver and 500 ding of paper money were conferred upon him and he was sent back. Imperial orders were also sent to the Xi-ping Marquis Mu Chun. They read: "Si Lun-fa found himself in a predicament and fled to us. Troops should be sent to escort him back to his territory. When he reaches Yun-nan have him stay at Nu-jiang. Then send a person to instruct Dao Gan-meng that he must act as a minister and that he must return to the allegiance of his ruler. If he does not accord, make known his crimes and punish him." At this time, Dao Gan-meng had driven off Si Lun-fa. He was frightened that the Court would punish him and thus he sent a person to the Xi-ping Marquis Mu Chun requesting permission to offer tribute. Before a reply was received, he sent people with local products and requested that he be appointed as native official. He was then attacked by Dao De-nong of Da-dian. As he was unable to withstand the attack, he sent advice and sought permission to send a memorial to the Court. Chun allowed this.

Tai-zu: juan 255.8a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 8, page 3691/92_

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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-30-month-12-day-27, accessed October 30, 2020