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Yong-le: Year 4, Month 2, Day 22

12 Mar 1406

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Imperial orders were sent to Dao Zhao-san, the pacification superintendent of the Ba-bai/Da-dian Military and Civilian Pacification Superintendency. The orders read: "Previously, as you did not respect the Court's orders, obstructed envoys and showed contempt and lack of propriety, I sent an envoy, despatched troops and required the arrest of your evil advisers. I also instructed the envoy that, if you were able to admit your guilt, the troops should be stopped and not further advanced. As soon as they entered your territory, you sent people to admit guilt and confess your crimes. The envoy respected my orders and withdrew the troops to Yun-nan. I have taken into consideration that you are still young and that the people of Ba-bai/Da-dian are also my people, and thus I have pardoned your crimes and will not investigate them. In future, you should change your ways, accord with the Way of Heaven and not harbour guile of deceit or repeat your former crimes. In this way, you will protect your territory, keep your people in peace and long enjoy the prosperity of great peace."

Tai-zong: juan 51.4a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 10, page 767

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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-4-month-2-day-22, accessed October 23, 2019