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Jing-tai: Year 3, Month 7, Day 1

17 Jul 1452

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It was ordered that the Supervising Secretary Pan Ben-yu and the Messenger Bian Yong proceed as chief and deputy envoy to the country of Champa to offer funeral sacrifices for Mo-he Gui-lai, the deceased king of the country of Champa and to enfeoff his younger brother Mo-he Gui-you as the king of the country of Champa. The proclamation read: "I have respectfully taken on Heaven's mandate, rule the Chinese and the yi and issue fiefs to the various nobles. The distant and the near form a unity--this is the great canon of the state and the pattern of my ancestors. Champa is situated on a distant coastal shore and there must be a ruler in order to exercise rule over the people. The deceased king of the country, Mo-he Gui-lai, inherited the fief from his forbears. He respected Heaven and served the superior, was unwaveringly loyal, looked after the people and was capable in carrying out his tribute duties. Now that he has passed away, there should be a successor. His younger brother Mo-he Gui-you is talented and extremely loyal and he has the support of the people of the country. Now I am especially enfeoffing him as king of the country of Champa, so that he can continue the management of state affairs. All of you within the country, the major and minor officials and the people, are to respect him day and night, and devote yourselves to assisting him. You should all look to your own affairs and not overstep your own functions. You should always maintain loyal and obedient hearts as you will thereby long enjoy the prosperity of great peace."

Ying-zong: juan 218.1a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 33, page 4695

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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/jing-tai/year-3-month-7-day-1, accessed September 18, 2019