Yong-le: Year 21, Month 9, Day 20
24 Oct 1423
The Ministry of Rites memorialized that the 1,200 persons who had been sent by the 16 countries of Xi-yang, Calicut, Hormuz, Sri Lanka, Aden, Zu-fa-er, La-sa, Bu-la-wa, Mogadishu, Cochin, Jia-yi-le, Liu Shan, Nan-bo-li, Samudera, Aru and Melaka to offer tribute of local products, had arrived at the capital. The Emperor gave orders to the Heir Apparent as follows: "The weather is turning colder. In looking after the tribute envoys from the fan countries to the South-west, order the Ministry of Rites to banquet them in reward at the Interpreters Institute in accordance with the regulations. Confer rewards upon them and send them back to their countries. As to those who have brought local products to trade, have the officials give them paper money equivalent to the value of the products in exchange."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 14, page 2403