Xuan-de: Year 1, Month 12, Day 24
21 Jan 1427
On this day, Tao Ji-rong, the vice prefect of Xuan-hua Prefecture, who was guarding Bei-xian Fort in Jiao-zhi, sent the militiaman Ruan Zhi-xian and others to pursue the Li bandits. When they arrived at Qing-bo County, they were captured by the Li bandits. He subsequently sent them back with instructions, together with the county Vice Magistrate Huang Qin-zhu, to call Ji-rong to come to his allegiance. Ji-rong cursed them, saying: "I was originally a native official who was appointed to the position of prefectural assistant by the Court. Imperial orders, instructions and munificent rewards were conferred upon me and accordingly I have guarded this land. To turn one's back on grace and go against virtuous power is not the way of a minister. I vow that I will never follow him." The rebel Qin-zhu and the others tried to exert force upon him with their troops, but Ji-rong was firm and would not be moved.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 17, page 619