Xuan-de: Year 10, Month 4, Day 1
28 Apr 1435
Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Xi-li Ma-ha-la-zhe, king of the country of Melaka, as follows: "In the previous reign, you, king, personally came to Court to offer tribute and thus we already know of your sincerity. I have inherited rule of the empire and in all matters large and small, I am following the patterns established by my ancestors. I have now ordered the Guang-dong Regional Military Commission and the provincial administration commission to arrange grain supplies and to supply you with a large eight-oared ship (大八橹船) to send you back to your country. At the same time, together with you, the envoys from Calicut, Cambodia and so on, a total of 11 countries, will also be sent back to their own countries. You, king, should show sympathy to the envoys and send them back to their respective countries, so that they are not out of place. This will accord with my will to show kindness to those from the distance."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 22, page 81