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Xuan-de: Year 2, Month 4, Day 11

7 May 1427

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On this day, as the attacks and encirclement by the bandits had grown increasingly intense, the Cheng-shan Marquis Wang Tong, regional commander of Jiao-zhi, drew in his troops and ceased to send them out. The bandits sent a letter to Tong seeking peace. Since his defeat at Ning Bridge, Tong's spirit had been greatly weakened and, although he had since captured a city, his spirit was still not firm. Subsequently, he had allowed the bandits to take Qing-hua and other subprefectures. He made known his thoughts as follows: "Although Liu Sheng's army has been despatched, it will not arrive quickly. Also, there are many obstructions on the way. Li Li has sought peace and desires to present a memorial confessing his crimes. This proceeds from sincerity. It would be best to accede to his request. If our army was to return to a safe area, we would still be able to take this area back. The Emperor's kindness and benevolence precludes killing. In the use of the troops, we should manifest the Imperial will." Some of the generals thought that this was a good idea. Others were quiet and did not say anything. Still others did not agree with Tong's words but did not want to say anything to his face. Only the Surveillance Commissioner Yang Shi-xi said: "We were commissioned to eliminate the bandits. If we make peace with the bandits, leave the area and withdraw the troops without authority, how could we avoid being charged with crimes. This absolutely cannot be done." Tong shouted loudly at him: "Only outstanding men can handle extraordinary situations. What do you know?" After this, no-one dared speak. Subsequently, people were sent to accompany those sent by Li to present a memorial and offer local products.

Xuan-zong: juan 27.8a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 17, page 0713/14

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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-2-month-4-day-11, accessed October 26, 2020