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Tian-qi: Year 4, Month 1, Day 15

4 Mar 1624

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The Censor Jia Yu, regional inspector of Guang-xi, advised: "Guang-xi has three major problems; the Jiao yi, the native offices and the Yao and Zhuang. The current military salaries are only sufficient to guard against the Yao and the Zhuang. There is no consideration given to guarding against the Jiao yi or the native offices. Now the Jiao yi have employed troops without authority and do not seek permission when inheriting posts. Their troops are nibbling away at Si-ling and they are squeezing out the various native offices. They are exerting force on our Shang Shi-xi, Tai-ping and Si-ming, and have occupied 272 villages. During the Shui-xi rebellion, Si-cheng Subprefecture and Nan-dan Subprefecture had secret communication with the An chieftain, and Si-zhou Prefecture refused orders of deployment. The Yao and the Zhuang took advantage of this to engage in plunder and the eight stockades in Bin Subprefecture were utterly destroyed by the massed bandits. In name, the members of the native-official ruling families are employed by us, but actually they are always spying for opportunities. We must assess which are the dangerous and important places, and increase the number of troops in those places so as to provide defence." The memorial was sent to the Ministry of War and it was ordered that the grand coordinator and regional inspector investigate the situation and memorialize.

Xi-zong (Liang): juan 38.2b-3a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 129, page 2230/31

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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/tian-qi/year-4-month-1-day-15, accessed November 17, 2019