Tian-qi: Year 2, Month 3, Day 10
20 Apr 1622
Previously, Chen Bang-zhan, the supreme commander of Guang-dong/Guang-xi memorialized: "In the seas between Fu-jian and Guang-dong, the pirate Lin Xin-lao and others have gathered together forces numbering in the ten thousands and have occupied areas in the Eastern fan. There they stay to await the winds. Then, they hoist their sails and come to attack. Of the several thousand li of coastal areas, there are none which have not suffered harm. Our troops have become increasingly weak, but linking their ships they can guarantee their own safety. They use merchant ships as bait and allow [the pirates] to take what they want and go. Recently, although we have added troops and defences, they are insufficient to destroy the enemy. We should conscript a further 500 troops at Hui-zhou and Chao-zhou to assist in military defence...." The memorial was sent to the ministry for deliberation. At this time, the Grand Secretary Sun Cheng-zong who was in charge of the Ministry of War, re-submitted the memorial. All measures were implemented as proposed.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 126, page 1007