Wan-li: Year 37, Month 7, Day 2
1 Aug 1609
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.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 116, page 8677