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Wan-li: Year 35, Month 3, Day 17

13 Apr 1607

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The Guang-dong/Guang-xi supreme commander memorialized on the matter of inheritance in Jiao-nan. The Ministry of Rites re-memorialized this and it was approved. Jiao-nan had been in disorder as the Lis and the Mos had fought against each other and no tribute had been brought for almost 20 years. Subsequently in the xin-si year of the Wan-li reign (1581/82), Mo Mao-yan died and the Jiao people established Li Wei-bang as ruler. Before he had offered tribute, Wei-bang died and Li Wei-tan assumed the position of ruler. He drove the Mos completely away, came to knock at the gate and requested permission to offer tribute. Wei-tan was then appointed as Commander and provided with a silver seal. This event occurred in the bing-shen year of the Wan-li reign (1596/97). Subsequently, Wei-tan died and Wei-xin, as the due heir, submitted a memorial requesting that another silver seal be supplied. The regional officials repeatedly investigated and found that he was not double-hearted. Thus, the casting and conferral of a new seal was approved. Subsequently, a memorial of gratitude was submitted and they offered tribute as usual. However, since the time of the Mos, although Annam was called a Commandery, they themselves practiced an Imperial system like before. Thus, the Court provided them with a silver seal, but the orders of enfeoffment were not sent. They were instead ordered to proceed to the knock at the gate and reverently receive them. Wei-tan subsequently became more reverent and respectful. Then the title was bestowed on Wei-xin. Wei-xin was the third generation upon whom the title had been conferred subsequent to the restoration of the Lis.

Shen-zong: juan 431.5b-6a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 115, page 8142/43

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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-35-month-3-day-17, accessed November 20, 2019