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Wan-li: Year 14, Month 9, Day 24

4 Nov 1586

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The Investigating Censor Huang Shi-yan, regional inspector of Yun-nan, memorialized: "Yun-nan is 10,000 li in the distance and in recent years there have been floods and calamities. It is requested that relief and mercy be conferred upon the people and that, at an early date, an Imperial order be issued ceasing executions for a year. Also, it is requested that the executions of those who joined with the Ava-Burma chieftain and have been captured should be stopped, that they be shown pity and that the judicial offices be ordered to investigate them again. It should be considered sending back two or three in every ten of the very old and the very young, so that the man and the yi will all know that the Heavenly Court is as magnanimous as Heaven, and they will lead others in coming to allegiance. This may be an opportunity." The Ministry of Justice re-submitted the memorial supporting the proposals. The Emperor said: "The Ava-Burma bandits are rebellious felons who followed evil. They are different from Chinese felons. Have them jointly-investigated and then carry out the executions."

Shen-zong: juan 178.17b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 104, page 3326

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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/wan-li/year-14-month-9-day-24, accessed October 17, 2019