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Yong-le: Year 4, Month 3, Day 27

15 Apr 1406

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Imperial orders of soothing and instruction were sent to the vagrants who had settled on the islands in the ocean. The orders read: "You were originally good people, but through the oppression of officials, you had no option but to flee to the islands in the ocean. Plundering and living recklessly you have been roaming around separated from your occupations for years. Heavenly principles and good hearts cannot be destroyed. You wish to return to your old villages but are afraid of being punished and thus dare not go home. I have recently heard of this and have felt pity for you. Thus, I am especially sending a person with Imperial orders of instruction for you. All your previous crimes are now pardoned and, like ice in the spring, have all melted away. You should immediately return to your villages and again take up your occupations. You should not harbour suspicions as thereby you will experience later regret.

Tai-zong: juan 52.9a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 10, page 787

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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-3-day-27, accessed October 19, 2019