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Xuan-de: Year 3, Month 2, Day 25

10 Mar 1428

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The Auxiliary Ministry of Rites memorialized that the envoy Ya-lie Zhang Xian-wen from the country of Java, had said that he had brought his family members when coming to Court, but that when they arrived near Hui-zhou in Guang-dong, powerful winds destroyed their ship and his mother, wife and others, a total of four persons, were drowned. He had given them only a makeshift burial on the beach. At this time, he requested that officials be ordered to construct a proper grave. The Emperor was very sympathetic and said: "Without fearing the dangers or distance involved, he brought his family to come to Court. His sincerity is praiseworthy. However, some of them died in the winds and the waves and this is truly saddening. Order Hui-zhou Prefecture to offer sacrifices and arrange for their burial."

Xuan-zong: juan 37.6a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 18, page 0919/20

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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-3-month-2-day-25, accessed September 28, 2020