Xuan-de: Year 1, Month 12, Day 26
23 Jan 1427
It was Imperially ordered that the Imperial troops of the various guards of Nan-jing and Bei-jing, the Central Metropolis Regency, the Wu-chang Escort Guard, the Hu-guang, Jiang-xi, Fu-jian, Zhe-jiang, Shan-dong, He-nan, Guang-dong, Guang-xi and Gui-zhou Regional Military Commissions, the Fu-jian Auxiliary Military Commission and the various guards of the Southern Metropolitan Area be mobilized and placed under the general command of the An-yuan Marquis Liu Sheng and so on. The government troops of the Cheng-du Escort Guard, the Si-chuan and Yun-nan Regional Military Commissions and the Si-chuan Auxiliary Military Commission were placed under the general command of the Qian-guo Duke Mu Sheng. A total of 70,000 troops were thereby ordered to proceed to expedition to Jiao-zhi. It was ordered that their weapons be sharp and their armour new. It was also ordered that on the road, the force was to be well-disciplined and was not permitted to engage in activities of disorder. The grain rations for the troops and civilians were to start from the first day of the journey and all would be paid at the rates which applied on the first expedition to Jiao-zhi. The rewards for the government troops of the Nan-jing guards and the guards of the other regional military commissions were to be based on the number of troops setting out (?開坐之數) and were to be paid by the the offices they were subordinate to. If the amount of paper money in the offices was insufficient, the offices could use cloth and thin silks, and provide these as rewards, converted on the basis of current prices. The paper money rewards were to be as follows: regional commissioners 500 guan; guard commanders 400 guan; battalion commanders, guard judges and chiefs 300 guan; company commanders, battalion judges and local commanders 200 guan; platoon commanders 150 guan; squad commanders 120 guan; troops, native soldiers and native civilians 100 guan.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 17, page 0621/22