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Yong-le: Year 13, Month 11, Day 7

7 Dec 1415

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The Auxiliary Minister of Rites Lu Zhen memorialized that the giraffe to be presented by the country of Ma-lin was about to arrive and requested that on the day of its arrival he be allowed to lead the assembled ministers in offering a memorial of felicitation. The Emperor said: "Previously, the Han-lin Academy advised that they had finished arranging the Five Classics, the Four Books and the Xing-li Da-quan and wished to present them with a memorial to me. I allowed this. The ways in which former Emperors have ruled the people are of benefit in educating future generations. It was thus that I allowed a memorial to be presented. What sort of disadvantages or benefits will the giraffe bring?" The matter was shelved.

Tai-zong: juan 170.1b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 1896

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/yong-le/year-13-month-11-day-7, accessed October 20, 2019