Xuan-de: Year 9, Month 5, Day 14
20 Jun 1434
Gold and silver, variegated silks, damasks, embroidery, silk gauzes, thin silks, cotton cloth and suits of clothing made from silk interwoven with gold thread, as appropriate, were conferred upon Xi-li Ma-ha-la-zhe, the king of the country of Melaka, his younger brother La-dian Ba-la, the chieftain Wen-dan and others, a total of 228 persons. Further, headwear and a belt were conferred upon the king of the country. As they were about to depart on their return home, Imperial orders of encouragement and instruction were conferred upon them and the Ministry of Works was ordered to repair their ocean-going ships. Earlier, during the Yong-le reign (1403-24), the king's father had brought the whole country to Court (舉國來朝). At this time, this king had been further able to carry out the tribute duties of a minister. The Emperor was very pleased with his great loyalty and thus treated him with great munificence.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 21, page 2481