Jia-jing: Year 25, Month 9, Day 24
18 Oct 1546
At this time, of the native officials in Yun-nan, Guang-dong/Guang-xi and Si-chuan, there were some who had been unable to inherit their posts for over 10 years. They had all successively been to the capital and memorialized their requests, and the memorials which had been submitted were great in number. The Ministry of Personnel then memorialized, noting: "This is all a result of the grand coordinators and surveillance officials not carrying out due investigations, in order to avoid having themselves become the objects of dislike and resentment. It is requested that a strict time limit be imposed so as to ensure that these matters are expedited." An Imperial order was issued noting: "The inheritance of or replacement in official posts are matters which affect the local yi sentiments. The responsible officials have considered this an unimportant matter and not given it their attention. I am leniently pardoning their crimes. Order them to swiftly investigate and memorialize on the cases. In future, if there are instances of delay or failure to report, the ministry is to name, impeach and punish those officials and the grand coordinators and surveillance officials who are at fault.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 84, page 5899