Xuan-de: Year 3, Month 3, Day 16
31 Mar 1428
The civil and military ministers jointly memorialized: "The Cheng-shan Marquis Wang Tong and so on should not have taken it upon themselves to discuss peace with the rebel leader Li Li, or have abandoned the city and withdrawn the army. An urgent courier should be sent with orders that Tong be arrested and sent to the capital, where his crimes can be verified and punished. Also, Li Li should not be pardoned. Troops should be despatched to punish him." The Emperor said: "Tong and the others will soon arrive. There is no need to send a courier. As to Li Li, it is not that I particularly want to pardon him, but I feel sorry for all the living things of the region. Thus, I am bending to the circumstances and pardoning him."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 18, page 981