Long-qing: Year 2, Month 1, Day 30
27 Feb 1568
Bao Xiang-xian, vice minister of the left in the Ministry of War, died. It was Imperially commanded that he be posthumously appointed as Minister of Works and that sacrifices and a funeral be conferred upon him in accordance with the precedents. Xiang-xian had his origins in She County, Zhi-li. In the ji-chou year of the Jia-jing reign (1529/30), he passed the metropolitan examinations and was appointed as a censor. He was sent to Hu-guang as assistant surveillance commissioner and assigned to river defence. For achievements in capturing pirates, he was promoted to surveillance vice commissioner in Yun-nan, superintending the Lin-an defence circuit. At that time, Annam was employing its troops and both Guang-dong/Guang-xi and Southern Yun-nan were being disturbed by them. Xiang-xian proposed the use of force to stop them. He was then specially promoted to vice censor-in-chief of the right and appointed as grand coordinator of Shaan-xi. After two years, he was appointed as grand coordinator of Yun-nan where he put down the rebellion by the yi chieftain Na Jian. Subsequently, he was promoted to vice minister of the right in the Ministry of War and appointed as military superintendent of Guang-dong/Guang-xi. At that time, the mountain and sea bandits were everywhere engaged in violent acts. Xiang-xian implemented measures to eliminate or capture them and took 2,000 heads.....
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 93, page 458