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Wan-li: Year 40, Month 3, Day 7

7 Apr 1612

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The yi chieftain Guang Lun (Alt: Xian Lun) and others who had been sent by the Laos Pacification Superintendency in Yun-nan, brought tribute of local products. The grand coordinator and grand defender advised: "Laos is one of the six pacification superintendencies. After Ava-Burma lost control, that place, together with the Che-li Pacification Superintendency, inclined towards China. They are indeed screens for the central territory. In a previous year, seals were conferred upon them and they were required to protect them generation after generation. In the 26th year of the Wan-li reign (1598/99) they came to offer tribute, one after another. As Laos' seal had been lost in warfare, their request for a replacement was approved. Now, they have again claimed that the seal has been lost in a fire and again requested a replacement. The translated account of the situation is worded humbly and earnestly, and it seems reasonable to excuse the loss." The ministry deliberated and re-submitted the memorial, requesting that the matter be dealt with as proposed by the grand coordinator and grand defender.

Shen-zong: juan 493.3a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 118, page 9279/80

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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-40-month-3-day-7, accessed October 20, 2019