Wan-li: Year 18, Month 4, Day 25
28 May 1590
The Grand Secretary Shen Shi-xing and others memorialized, noting: "The Ministry of Justice has earnestly investigated the offenders Li Cai and Liu Tian-feng, but there have been no Imperial instructions on punishment. The reported achievements of the two offenders were inaccurate and they are certainly guilty of crimes. However, we have deliberated on the situation and made enquiries of many persons. They all say that persons sent by the Meng-yang native office have now been seen in the Ministry of Rites and that the two offenders had previously despatched troops in assistance and brought to allegiance yi persons who had long been in rebellion. Thus, they realized achievements which can be recorded. Their reports of heads taken involved an incorrect number. The original report only spoke of dead bodies being cut up, not the killing of civilians. Their crimes are pardonable. Further, the two offenders have already been in prison for 2 years. At this time of great Heavenly grace, it is requested that Cai and so on be released together with the other criminals to whom lenience has been shown." There was no response to the memorial.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 106, page 4145/46