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Tian-shun: Year 5, Month 6, Day 24

31 Jul 1461

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The Ministry of Rites memorialized: "Li Lin, the king of the country of Annam, died in the seventh year of the Zheng-tong reign (1442/43). The Court enfeoffed Jun, a son by his primary wife, as king. Jun was killed in the third year of the Tian-shun reign (1459/60) by Cong, an elder brother by a secondary wife, who then sent a request that he be allowed to inherit the fief. Before the envoys carrying the proclamation arrived in that country, it was heard that Cong had committed suicide. Now, the attendant minister Ruan Sheng and others, who have been sent by Cong's younger brother Hao, have memorialized that Hao is actually Lin's son by his primary wife, and thus should be appointed as king. We are afraid that the situation in the country is not yet settled and it is inappropriate to quickly send an official to confer the fief. We should banquet and reward Sheng and the others and instruct them to first return home. Also, a despatch should be sent to the three offices and the regional inspector of Guang-xi requiring them to go to Ping-xiang County on the border and investigate. If Cong truly is dead, if Hao truly is Jun's younger brother and if there is no further contention, he should be enfeoffed." The Emperor said: "Agreed". It was ordered that officials from the Embroidered-Uniform Guard go to investigate.

Ying-zong: juan 329.6a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 38, page 6773/74

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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-5-month-6-day-24, accessed November 17, 2019