Xuan-de: Year 3, Month 8, Day 24
2 Oct 1428
The Jiao-zhi native-official Vice Commander Wu Xiao-xian and others stated: "Formerly, in suppressing Li Li, we bravely responded to the call, and engaged in expeditionary and defence duties at Ning Bridge. Xiao-xian was then captured in battle. Maintaining his integrity, he had refused to submit. Subsequently, he escaped and returned. He then led troops to Xi-yang, Gu-lie Bridge and other places, killing and defeating the bandit forces (Alt: elephants). He captured the false General Li Shan and others, took the heads of Li Zhi and others and pursued and killed the bandits all the way to the river, where innumerable of them drowned. Day and night he set ambushes and attacked stockades and firmly defended the walls and palisades. He was repeatedly given tallies recording his outstanding achievements and was also given silver bowls, silver plaques and other items. At this time, we have been fortunate enough to reach the capital, have received grace and had suits of clothing, silver and silks conferred upon us. However, Xiao-xian has been thinking deeply about his father, mother, wife and children who were all killed by Li Li. He thus wishes to request a small promotion and to be employed so that he can try to realize further achievements." The Emperor sent the matter to the Auxiliary Minister of War Zhang Ben. It was found that the veracity of the achievements noted in the memorial could not be confirmed. Accordingly, the matter was shelved.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 18, page 1133/34