Wan-li: Year 35, Month 11, Day 20
7 Jan 1608
Jiang Hao, a supervising secretary in the Office of Scrutiny for Revenue, submitted an impeachment against the Fu-jian Taxation Supervisor Gao Cai. There was no response from the Court. [Previously], after the duties of collecting taxes were returned to the regional officials, the taxation supervisors just sat by and forwarded the taxes collected....Cai was worried that [Fan] Lai would again be sent, so he submitted a memorial slandering Lai and the former Grand Coordinator Xu Xue-ju. At the time, Xue-ju was awaiting replacement. By repulsing the "red yi", Xue-ju had angered Cai. Cai repeatedly sought Imperial support in respect of trade in the Western and Eastern Oceans, and expressed the hope that another grand coordinator be appointed swiftly, so that they could assist each other....
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 116, page 8346