Xuan-de: Year 2, Month 3, Day 18
14 Apr 1427
Wang Jing-ming, the regional inspecting censor of Guang-xi, submitted a memorial of impeachment: "The Hu-guang Commanders Zhang Gui and Lu Zeng were leading troops to Jiao-zhi. When Gui reached Guang-xi, he remained there, took a concubine and stayed over 40 days without advancing. Also, on the excuse of expediting the movement of troops, he returned to Hu-guang. Lu, after beginning his journey, loitered and dawdled without advancing. When people are ministers of the state, they should be determined without regard for their own safety. Gui and so on have sought to shirk their duty and lack the righteousness to fight valiantly against the enemy. It is requested that their crimes be punished." The Emperor ordered the Censorate to record this and discuss punishment after the troops returned.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 17, page 684