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Xuan-de: Year 1, Month 4, Day 3

9 May 1426

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The Rong-chang Earl Chen Zhi and the Commissioner-in-chief Fang Zheng were stripped of their offices and titles, demoted to officials required to realize achievements, put under the command of the regional commander Wang Tong and sent with the advance guards so that they could realize achievements to atone for their crimes. They were required to hand over to Tong all of the Imperial instructions they held as well as the seals of "Deputy General for Subduing the Yi" so that Tong could return these to the Court. Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Zhi and so on as follows: "The Court ordered you to lead the troops to guard Jiao-zhi, to eliminate the bandits and to pacify Li Li. You thought of your own interests and illicit gain and did not act in concert, which resulted in the bandits running wild. They thereby defeated the government troops and brought harm to the good and the virtuous. For such crimes, ten thousand deaths would not atone. Now, you are being especially pardoned your crimes but are stripped of your titles. You will follow the Cheng-shan Marquis Wang Tong to realize achievements and atone for your transgressions. Cai Fu was idiotic and thereby brought defeat. He likewise is pardoned the death sentence in order that he may realize achievements. If, in going into battle, you do not act in a martial way, you will indeed be executed!"

Xuan-zong: juan 16.1a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 17, page 0419/20

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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/xuan-de/year-1-month-4-day-3, accessed November 20, 2019