Yong-le: Year 10, Month 3, Day 26
6 May 1412
Gong Guo(貢?), the vice prefect of Tai-yuan Prefecture in Jiao-zhi advised: "Many of the Jiao-zhi officials and clerks bought their families when they came to take up their posts. Some of the officials died en route and others died in their posts. Because of the distances involved, their widows and concubines whom they have left are unable to return home. They are usually in dire need of food and clothing and often remarry before the end of the mourning period, causing injury to public morality. In future, when an official or clerk dies, his wife and concubines should continue to receive food from the government and then they should be sent back to their villages to carry out mourning. In this way, moral obligations will be fulfilled and public morality will be secure." This was approved.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 12, page 1580