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Wan-li: Year 37, Month 4, Day 18

21 May 1609

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The former Guang-dong/Guang-xi Supreme Commander Dai Yao investigated and advised: "In the Qin Subprefecture campaign, some major bandits were captured. The Annam Commander Li Wei-xin, together with the chieftain Zheng Song, first presented the three bandit leaders, including Fu An, and from this their respect and loyalty could be observed. In the subsequent campaign, their troops did not arrived. It was only after our troops arrived that tens of their ships appeared on the sea. We did not, however, observe their achievements in the capture and are afraid that they just went through the motions in order to protect their gang members. A despatch should be sent to that country requiring investigation. They have not captured (Alt: have captured) Wu Yong-zhen. Despite their original report, he has not been forwarded. Only his followers have been forwarded. Now, although three bandit followers have been presented, it is not enough to atone for the crimes. That country should also be instructed to arrest the bandits. As to the previously-noted persons who should be punished and those who realized achievements, it is requested that the regional inspecting censor be instructed to investigate and clarify the details and then submit the requests to the Court." The memorial was sent to the Ministry of War.

Shen-zong: juan 457.7a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 116, page 8626/27

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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-37-month-4-day-18, accessed October 23, 2019