Jia-jing: Year 8, Month 3, Day 28
5 May 1529
The Ministry of Justice re-submitted a memorial from the Censor Shen Jiao, noting: "The man and yi live mixed together in Yun-nan and it was thus that native officials were established, so that yi could be used to govern yi. Those who oppose the patterns need to be restrained by law. Recently, it happened that the two bandits An [Quan] and Feng [Chao-wen] engaged in rebellion. It was Imperially commanded that only those who plotted rebellion were to be punished and the remainder were to be forgiven. This was an expedient measure for use at one time and was not intended to mean that in future those who kill or plunder will not be subject to punishment. It is requested that Imperial orders be sent to the various offices proclaiming this for their instruction." The Emperor said: "Approved. The pardon and orders of mercy only referred to the crimes committed before the Imperial orders were issued. In future, if native officials commit crimes, they are to be handled in accordance with the laws. However, such cases must be decided very judiciously and the officials should not be left in prison as that will result in loss of the yi's trust."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 75, page 2355