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Wan-li: Year 37, Month 7, Day 2

1 Aug 1609

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The Yun-nan Grand Coordinator requested the temporary remission of the gold tribute due from Yun-nan. The Regional Inspector Deng Mei further noted: "Yun-nan produces only copper and tin ores. Gold is not Yun-nan's own tribute. The 2,000 liang levy commenced in the 13th year of the Jia-jing reign (1534/35). It was not a system existing from the time of the Tai-zu Emperor. The increase to 5,000 liang was imposed in the 20th year of the Wan-li reign (1592/93). It was not an old practice of the Shi-zong Emperor. Now, the people are impoverished and the resources exhausted. I dare not hope for a complete remission, but it is requested that the precedent during the Jia-jing reign be followed." There was no response to the memorial.

Shen-zong: juan 460.2a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 116, page 8677

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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-7-day-2, accessed September 18, 2019