Xuan-de: Year 4, Month 5, Day 27
28 Jun 1429
Luo Ru-jing, vice minister of the right in the Auxiliary Ministry of Works, memorialized: The persons Bi Yan, Cen Dou-lie and Tan Zhong-jin, all from Guang-yuan Subprefecture in Jiao-zhi, earlier came to allegiance in the area of Si-cun in Long Subprefecture. Yan was appointed as subprefectural magistrate in his home subprefecture, while Dou-lie was appointed as assistant magistrate and Zhong-jin was appointed as clerk. When Li Li rebelled, these three persons were loyal and did not join him. Rather, they all moved to Long Subprefecture. When Yan was near death, he enjoined his son Xuan-cheng, saying: `When one receives an official position from the Heavenly Court, one cannot cherish dual loyalties or follow bandits.' Now Yan is dead and it is requested that in appreciation of his loyalty, Xuan-cheng and the others be appointed to positions and be given good land." The Emperor sent orders to the Auxiliary Ministry of Personnel, saying: "Bi Yan and so on refused to follow the bandits, even when faced with death, and it is appropriate that they be shown grace. Order that Xuan-cheng be appointed as subprefectural magistrate, while the others can remain assistant magistrate and clerk as before. They are all to be paid salaries by the Guang-xi Provincial Administration Commission and officers shall regularly go to demonstrate concern for them."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 18, page 1302