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Wan-li: Year 38, Month 7, Day 8

26 Aug 1610

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Gong-ding, the Eastern king of the country of Sulu, and others memorialized: "It is requested that the provision of the originally-issued 75 shi of grain be restored. Later, even if the number of people grows, we will make arrangements within that amount." He also said: "It is requested that in accordance with the ancient practices by which, when Western fan, Hui-hui and Duo-si-ma persons offered lions in tribute, they were given hereditary military commissioner posts, that I be rewarded with a similar post in recognition of my ancestor's achievements. As to the emoluments, the five dou of which was originally supplied for each man, woman and child should be changed into official salaries. it is also requested that the servants should not be sent away, and that we should be allowed to use the three families which had been originally allocated to look after the grave, so as to facilitate the offering of sacrifices in the subprefecture." Previously, in the 15th year of the Yong-le reign (1417/18), the king of the country of Sulu, Ba-du-ge Ba-da-la,* led his family members, attendant ministers and people of his country in coming to Court. A banquet, rewards and a seal were conferred upon him and he was enfeoffed with the title of king. Attendants were then sent to escort him back to his country. In the Autumn, when they reached De-zhou, the king died. When the death was announced, officials were sent to arrange a funeral to the North of the subprefectural seat. The posthumous name of Gong-ding was conferred upon the king and it was ordered that sacrifices for him be offered in the Spring and in the Autumn. The eldest son Du-ma-he returned to the country and inherited the title. The king's concubine Ge-ben-ning (Alt: Ge-ben), together with the second son An-du-lu, attendant ministers and people of the country remained to look after the tomb. The Ministry of Revenue was instructed to provide from the Di-feng granary in De-zhou a monthly allowance of one shi of stipend grain for each male and female, including additions, as well as money for cloth and so on. Also, three families of Muslims (回回) from Li-cheng and De-zhou were allocated as their servants. They were also exempted from the various levies. An Imperially-compiled inscription was also erected. In the fifth month of the 21st year of the Wan-li reign (May/Jun 1593), Zhang Shi-cai who was controller of the granaries of De-zhou, noted that the number of their people was increasing and it was difficult to continue to provide for their needs. He memorialized requesting that 66 shi of the rice previously conferred be stopped and that they only be allocated 9 shi. This was the reason for the request by An-shou-sun and the others. There was no response to the memorial. * Here the initial character of the name is given as " " rather than "巴"

Shen-zong: juan 473.4b-5a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 117, page 8936/37

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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-38-month-7-day-8, accessed October 23, 2019