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Jia-jing: Year 16, Month 6, Day 28

3 Aug 1537

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He Wei-bo, a censor of the Zhe-jiang Circuit, memorialized, saying: "When the Court takes action, the senior ministers make arrangements and all under Heaven observe. This requires that great prudence be exercised. Recently, due to the disturbance in Annam, the Emperor recalled Mao Bo-wen from his period of mourning. Bo-wen was grateful that he had been assigned such orders and dared not decline. He could not bear to be ungrateful for Your Majesty's great favour. Now, fortunately, moved by Imperial orders, Annam has repented its transgressions and the punitive mission has been stopped. All the living things of the six provinces thus have their wish to live in peace. Only Bo-wen himself has not been able to accord with his filial desires. I pray that Your Majesty will foster Bo-wen's morality, promote the ideal of exemplary piety and require him to demonstrate his feelings. It is requested that he be permitted to finish the rituals. Thereby, all under Heaven will know that the Emperor is skilled in guiding his ministers through propriety, the senior ministers will be able to use propriety in modelling themselves, and there will be no derision by future generations...." When the memorial was submitted, the Emperor said: "Mao Bo-wen was recalled by the Court for a punitive mission. An Imperial order has been issued requiring him to assume office and manage matters. Why is Wei-bo rashly submitting a memorial of annoyance! The request is not to be followed up!"

Shi-zong: juan 201.6a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 80, page 4223/24

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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/jia-jing/year-16-month-6-day-28, accessed November 17, 2019