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Tian-shun: Year 4, Month 9, Day 13

27 Sep 1460

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A proclamation was issued to the country of Champa. The proclamation read: "Since ancient times, the Emperor has ruled all under Heaven and has always looked on all equally. Thus, even though there are those outside the borders, moral power and culture have been extended to them. You in Champa are situated in a secluded corner of the ocean. You have an area of land and it is essential that there be a ruler to govern the people. Thus, the king of the country Mo-he Pan-luo Yue recently inherited the fief as king and took on the administration of the country. However, in less than four years, there has again been notification of death. There must be someone to inherit the position of ruler. His younger brother Pan-luo Cha-quan is honest and sincere, adheres to propriety and is respectful. Thus, I am now especially sending as chief envoy the Supervising Secretary Wang Ru-lin and as deputy envoy the Messenger Liu Shu to take a proclamation enfeoffing him as the king of the country of Champa. All the people of the country should submit to and follow him and must accord with principle so that things remain at peace. You must not engage in wrangling or aspire to the post. You must support and assist him with all your heart so that together you can enjoy peace. In this way, there will be an atmosphere of great benevolence and you will long enjoy the prosperity of great peace." In addition, Imperial orders were sent to Pan-luo Cha-quan. The orders read: "King, your forebears, although situated in a distant coastal state, were able to be loyal and respectful and to accord with Heaven and serve the superior. They became increasingly devout as time went by. Now you, king, have been able to continue their sentiments and have sent the royal clansman Qie-yi-tuo-peng and others with local products to offer in tribute. Your diligence and sincerity are commendable. As the envoy is returning, I am especially conferring brocaded silks on you and your consort as reward for your sentiments. You, king, should increasingly accord with Heaven's wishes, long remain firm in carrying out the duties of a minister and manifest my desire to treat people with affection."

Ying-zong: juan 319.4b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 37, page 6648

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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-4-month-9-day-13, accessed September 23, 2019