Yong-le: Year 3, Month 11, Day 4
25 Nov 1405
Imperial orders were sent to the Xi-ping Marquis Mu Sheng, grand coordinator of Yun-nan. The orders read: "You defend Yun-nan and this is an extremely important commission. How can you act lightly? Recently, you were instructed to deploy troops and encamp them near Laos. However, you suddenly acted in ways other than those which I wished. When these orders arrive, you are to immediately withdraw. You have also said that you wish to despatch troops against Annam. I stress the use of grace and trust in my treatment of the distant peoples. Although Hu Di has troubled our borders, I have already sent people to investigate and to question him. If he is able to show sincerity and accord with orders, then he will be treated with broad magnanimity.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 10, page 731