Xuan-de: Year 3, Month 8, Day 16
24 Sep 1428
The Jiao-zhi person Chen Ting was appointed as an assistant guard commander. Ting was a local battalion commander of Ba-lu Village (巴魯里) in Gu-lei County, Jiao-zhi and he accompanied the Commissioner-in-chief Fang Zheng and the Guard Commander Ruan An-rong in battle and in defence operations. Ting was capable and diligent and defeated Li Li on several occasions, realizing great achievements. Zheng placed great trust in him. When Wang Tong abandoned the city, Ting angrily proceeded North and was then captured by the bandits. The bandits were impressed by him and appointed him a false chief commandant (偽正督) and ordered him to lead the troops to guard Jiao-zhi's Dong-guan. Ting was righteous and would not serve the bandits. He took 90-plus members of his family and departed via a by-path. Li then sent persons to pursue them. His family members were captured by the bandits and only Ting was able to reach Qin Subprefecture. The Regional Commissioner Cheng Yang then sent him to the capital. The Emperor spoke to the Minister Zhang Ben, saying: "This man long served diligently in the forces and has been able to leave the bandits and return to the Court. His loyalty is commendable. He should be promoted several grades to an assistant guard commander with salary paid by the Embroidered-Uniform Guard. Also, order the Ministry of Rites to reward him in accordance with the precedent for the Jiao-zhi native officials who requested permission to reside in the capital."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 18, page 1128/29