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Tian-shun: Year 2, Month 5, Day 22

2 Jul 1458

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Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Li Jun, the king of the country of Annam. The orders read: "You, king, guard a Southern feudatory far in the distance, are respectful and loyal, fulfil your duties and offer tribute to the Court. In all this you have long been constant and unwavering. Now, as I have again taken on the Great Rule, you have especially sent an attendant minister to offer a memorial of congratulations and to present gold and silver utensils and local products in tribute. Your diligence and sincerity are worthy of great commendation. Through you returning envoy, I am especially conferring upon you biao-li of variegated silks as reward for your sentiments. You, king, should stand increasingly in awe of Heaven and become stauncher in your service of the superior. In this way, you will protect your country and will be manifesting that which I cherish."

Ying-zong: juan 291.9b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 36, page 6224

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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-shun/year-2-month-5-day-22, accessed October 23, 2019