Wan-li: Year 19, Month 3, Day 22
15 Apr 1591
As the Ava-Burma bandits had become very powerful and violent, the Ministry of War proposed that rewards be established: "Whoever is able to capture alive Mang Ji-zhu, the son of Mang Ying-li (Alt: Mang Ying-lin) or seize Si Ge, He Zheng or the chieftains of Ava or Toungoo will be especially promoted to a hereditary post. Whoever is able to induce the yi of Ava and Toungoo to surrender and come to allegiance, will be greatly promoted and richly rewarded. For each bandit head taken 10 liang [of silver] will be paid. A similar amount will be paid for the capture of spies. Those who can capture a live war elephant will be rewarded with 60 liang. For dead spies or dead war elephants, the rewards will be half those figures. If a spy repents and advises details of the bandit situation thereby allowing a victory to be achieved, increased rewards could be considered." All of the proposals were approved as submitted.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 106, page 4322/23