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Tian-qi: Year 6, Month 9, Day 7

26 Oct 1626

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The Assistant Censor-in-chief of the Right Zhu Qin-xiang, grand coordinator of Fu-jian, advised: "Recently we received Imperial orders requiring us to stop levying commercial taxation. These orders manifest the great benevolence of the Emperor and of course we ministers would not dare to not respect them. It is just that in Fu-jian, the taxes are divided into two types--the new and the old. The Hai-cheng Maritime Taxation Office and the Fu-zhou Commercial Taxation Office have always levied taxes in order to supply funds for the military rations. Also, in the past, Peng-hu was stealthily occupied by the 'red yi'. Now, walls have been built, forces increased, and troops are deployed in the distant ocean. This is like a strategic commandery and the troops must not be withdrawn. If the maritime taxes are abolished, there will be no way to fund military rations..." An Imperial order was issued noting: "The Hai-cheng maritime taxes and the taxes levied by the Fu-zhou Commercial Taxation Office, which have always been used to provide military rations, can be levied as before and shall not be abolished like the new taxes...."

Xi-zong: juan 76.7a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 132, page 3673

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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-6-month-9-day-7, accessed October 20, 2020