Yong-le: Year 13, Month 11, Day 19
20 Dec 1415
The country of Ma-lin and other various fan countries presented a giraffe (麒麟), "heavenly horses" (天馬) and "spirit deer" (神鹿). The Emperor held an audience at Feng-tian Gate to receive them. The assembled civil and military officials all kowtowed and offered felicitations to the Emperor, saying: "Your Majesty's virtuous power (德) has extended to even the most distant yi, resulting in this auspicious portent." The Emperor said: "How could it be my virtuous power which brought this about? It is all due to my Imperial father's great benevolence and deep concern. You ministers have also assisted through your efforts. It is thus that the distant peoples have all come. In future, you should make increased efforts to be virtuous and worthy so that you can further assist me. When the distant peoples come to Court we mu st not become conceited."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 1898/99