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Tian-shun: Year 5, Month 9, Day 25

28 Oct 1461

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The attendant minister Ding Lan from the country of Annam memorialized: `Enfeoffing the living and offering sacrifices for the dead are the ways through which Imperial favour manifests the Court's kind treatment of the distant peoples. Recently, Li Jun, the king of the country, was killed by Cong, an elder brother by a secondary wife, and Cong sent his rebellious cohort Cheng Leng to falsely memorialize that Jun had drowned. The memorial requested appointment and noted that funeral rites were completed and that there was no need to send officials to mourn. This was intended to conceal his evil. The Court did not anticipate guile and, as a special case, approved the request. The mourning was dispensed with as we are yi. Now the events have been made clear and it is essential that there be mourning and sacrificial rites. However, we have been in the capital for over four months and the Court's mourning envoy has not yet been despatched. It is for this reason that we are so abrupt in our advice." Thus, a Messenger was sent to offer official sacrifices.

Ying-zong: juan 332.4b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 38, page 6820

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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-9-day-25, accessed November 20, 2019