Jia-jing: Year 26, Month 12, Day 7
17 Jan 1548
Previously, the Annam Commander Mo Fu-hai had died of illness in the fifth month of the 25th year (May/Jun 1546) and, as his son Hong-yi was only five sui, the Pacification Commission Administrators Deng Wen-zhi and Ruan Ru-gui had, in accordance with instructions from Fu-hai before his death, assisted Hong-yi in governing the people, and sent an envoy to advise of the death and request enfeoffment. Not long after, the yi chieftain Ruan Jing engaged in rebellion, intending to establish his son-in-law Mo Jing-yu (Alt: Mo Jing-dian) as ruler. Wen-zhi and so on could not subdue them and thus they established Mo Deng-yong's second son Zheng-zhong as ruler with control over the two prefectures of Hai-yang and Hai-dong. Zheng-zhong was subsequently defeated by Ruan Jing and thus, with his clansman Mo Wen-ming and others, he went to Qin Subprefecture and requested that, in accordance with the precedents when a distant chieftain comes to surrender, they be provided with grain and assistance. The Vice Minister Zhang Yue, military superintendent of Guang-dong/Guang-xi, advised of this. The matter was sent to the Ministry of War. The Minister Wang Yi-qi and others advised:
"Zheng-zhong and the others should be temporarily provided with their maintenance and be settled in the inner territory. The defence officials should be Imperially ordered to investigate the situation in that place and see whether things are at peace. They should also find out who holds the Imperial seal which was conferred in the past and then memorialize the facts."
The Emperor approved this and ordered the military superintendent, the grand defender and grand coordinator to swiftly investigate, ascertain the facts and memorialize.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 84, page 6077/78